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Write a clear, organized, persuasive and well-supported essay in response to the following questions:

1. Describe the structure and workings of the East Asian world order known as the Tributary System as this was established during China’s Han Dynasty. Then discuss the changes which occurred in the East Asian world order during three different episodes of the history of East Asia: the Mongol empire, the Zheng He Voyages, and the Pacific War. What kind of order between East Asian states do you envision for the region in the twenty-first century?

2. Should General MacArthur have allowed Japan to keep the emperor, even though he is restricted to a ceremonial role? Support your answer by comparing and contrasting the role played by the Japanese emperor in the government of the feudal period, of the Meiji period, during WWII, and now following WWII.

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