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One of the states contending for power in China, 770–221 BC. Chu emerged in the 8th century BC in the Yangtze River (Chang Jiang) valley. It struggled with other states for supreme control over China in the 3rd century BC but lost out to Qin, which formed the first great Chinese empire.
Variants of CHU
Chu or Ch'u
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