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These settlers introduced a range of practical technologies and commercial practices, in some cases even more sweeping than parallel transfers from Europe. 1000–1800 CE), allowing for significant cultural and commercial synergies between, respectively, India, the Islamic world, and China, prior to the arrival in the East-Southeast Asian region of Europeans around 1500. By 618, at the start of the Tang dynasty, the maritime silkroad connecting Arabia and China was well established, undoubtedly contributing to the cultural and economic florescence of such maritime Southeast Asian empires as Srivijaya on Sumatra and the coastal urban site of Oc Eo in the lower Mekong delta.

By ushering in the era of “unequal treaties,” a succession of European powers, followed by Japan, sought and obtained “extraterritorial” rights, effectively ending the system of paying tribute to China for the right to trade. France, a relative latecomer to Southeast Asia, also entered this picture by wresting eastern mainland Southeast Asia from its traditional Chinese orbit. With the advent of the treaty port system in China (also Korea and Japan), East and Southeast Asia entered a new era (Gipouloux 2009: 173–203).

Notably, prehistoric cave paintings found in Kedah provide the earliest evidence of links with the oceangoing trade (Jacq-Hergoualac’h 2002; Matheson 2003: 41–43). Through maritime contacts with India came such technological transfers as glass- and bead-making (Indo-Pacific beads), just as India began to tap gold, tin, aromatics, and forest products from Southeast Asia. Inexorably, the embryonic centers of state power in Southeast Asia began to adopt and filter such elements of Indian civilization as writing, state ideologies, urban planning, architecture, art styles and iconography, calendrical systems, epic themes, and literatures, along with Hinduism (Brahmanism) and Buddhism.

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