Visual Timeline: Chinese Warfare

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771 BCE: Following nomadic attacks in the west, the Chinese Zhou dynasty moves its capital east to Luoyang. Beginning of Eastern Zhou Period.
481 BCE - 221 BCE: Warring States Period in China.
278 BCE: The Qin state captures Ying, the capital of the Chu state.
262 BCE - 260 BCE: The Battle of Changping, one of the most important battles in the Warring States Period in China between Zhao and Qin.
256 BCE: The army of the state of Qin captures the city of Chengzhou and the last Zhou ruler, King Nan, is killed. End of the Zhou Dynasty.
230 BCE - 221 BCE: King Ying Zheng of Qin defeats the other warring states, claims Mandate of Heaven to rule China.
221 BCE: Construction of Northern Frontier wall by Shi Huangdi, First Emperor of China, precursor to Great Wall.
218 BCE: Construction of the Great Wall of China is initiated.
210 BCE: First Emperor of China Shi Huangdi dies, buried with army of 8,000 terracotta warriors in palace tomb.
202 BCE: The Battle of Gaixia, Chu forces defeated by the Han.
117 BCE - 100 BCE: Han emperors extend the western part of the Great Wall of China.
109 BCE: Chinese Han Empire conquers the kingdom of Tien.
108 BCE: Wiman Joseon is conquered by the Han dynasty.
104 BCE - 101 BCE: The War of the Heavenly Horses, general Li Guangli forces the city of Da Yuan (Alexandria Eschate) into tributary status.
23 CE: The sack of Chang'an, imperial capital of China.
189 CE: Luoyang, the Han capital, is sacked by the Chinese warlord Dong Zhuo.
304 CE: The nomadic Xiongu break through the Great Wall of China.
612 CE: Goguryeo general Eulji Mundeok wins a great victory against the Chinese Sui at the battle of the Salsu River.
640 CE - 649 CE: Taizong's military campaigns in the Tarim Basin which is annexed to China.
644 CE: A Goguryeo army defeats a combined Silla and Tang army.
660 CE: The Baekje kingdom in Korea falls to a joint Silla and Chinese Tang Dynasty army and naval attack.
661 CE: A Tang Dynasty army unsuccessfully besieges the Goguryeo capital of Pyongyang.
668 CE: The Goguryeo kingdom of northern Korea collapses following an attack by the Tang Dynasty of China.
675 CE: A Silla army defeats a Tang force at the battles of Maesosong.
676 CE: A Silla army defeats a Tang force at the battle of Kibolpo, thus gaining control of the whole Korean peninsula.
732 CE: Balhae attacks by sea the Chinese port of Dengzhou.
843 CE: The Tang empire attacks and kills 10,000 Uyghur tribespeople in Inner Mongolia.
1004 CE: Treaty of Shanyuan which brings peace between the Liao dynasty and Song dynasty of China with the latter compelled to pay annual tribute.
1044 CE: Defeat to the Xia state results in China's Song dynasty paying tribute.
1125 CE: The Jin state attacks Song China.
1125 CE: The Jurchen Jin state invades Song China necessitating the latter to move south and form the Southern Song dynasty.
1141 CE: A peace treaty is signed betwwen the (southern) Song Dynasty and Jin state.
1273 CE: Xiangyang falls into Mongol hands.
1275 CE - 1279 CE: The Mongols led by Kublai Khan attack and conquer the last remnants of Song China.
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