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whose central figures were later immortalized in one of the Four Classics of Chinese literature.
At its end, Wei was swiftly overthrown by the Jin dynasty.
China is a great power and a major regional power within Asia, and has been characterized as a potential superpower.
Han China gradually became the largest economy of the ancient world.
Despite the Han's initial decentralization and the official abandonment of the Qin philosophy of Legalism in favor of Confucianism, Qin's legalist institutions and policies continued to be employed by the Han government and its successors.
The Chinese Civil War led to the break up of the country in 1949, with the victorious Communist Party of China founding the People’s Republic of China on the mainland while the losing Kuomintang retreated to Taiwan, a dispute which is still unresolved.
Since the introduction of economic reforms in 1978, China's economy has been one of the world's fastest-growing with annual growth rates consistently above 6 percent The PRC is a member of the United Nations, as it replaced the ROC as a permanent member of the UN Security Council in 1971.
The Han expanded the empire's territory considerably, with military campaigns reaching Central Asia, Mongolia, South Korea, and Yunnan, and the recovery of Guangdong and northern Vietnam from Nanyue.