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Indochina 1886
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Indochina, or the Indochinese Peninsula, is a region in Southeast Asia. It lies roughly east of India, south of China. The name has its origins in the French, Indochine, and was adopted when French colonizers in Vietnam began expanding their territory to bordering countries.

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Historical context

Historically, the countries of Mainland Southeast Asia received cultural influence from China and India, but to varying degrees. Some Southeast Asian cultures, such as that of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand are influenced mainly by the culture of India with a smaller influence from the culture of China. Others, such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore, received a much larger influence from China, with only minor cultural influences from India, largely via the Champa civilization that Vietnam conquered during its southward expansion.

Today, most of these countries also show pronounced Western cultural influences which began during the period of Western colonialism in Southeast Asia.

In a strict sense, Indochina comprises the territory of the former French Indochina:

Cultural context

However, in a wider sense, the cultural region is better described as Mainland Southeast Asia in which sense it also includes:

Note that the term Sino-Indian is used to describe things relating to India and China. (e.g. Sino-Indian relations).

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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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Proper noun

Singular
Indo-China

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Indo-China

  1. Alternative spelling of Indochina.

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