We the Tang Dynasty are the middle kingdom,everyone revolves around us, and since you are another state, you have to pay me a large tribute.
Okay okay, my state and I will only do it because we kinda fear you guys. Also because you have a great bureaucracy.
Since other states have been paying tribute, I will choose a new bureaucracy through the civil service exam. It's very difficult so it will help me determine who is worthy.
Well I am an aristocrat and if I get in I will have a high position in the bureaucracy and everyone will be proud.
Since the civil service exams are going on, I will take a pilgrimage to India, visit monasteries, and expand China's knowledge on Buddhism. Maybe that way they will convert and create a new tradition like..hmm...Z..Zen Buddhism! Just like Buddhism but with meditation.
HAVE A SAFE TRIP XUANZANG!!
You , An Lushan will not overthrow me! I have the help of the scholar gentry anyways.
You don't govern correctly. You're too focused on that concubine. That's it, I'm throwing a rebellion!
Look at this place! The Tang gave us the advantage of the equal-field system and their fast ripening rice gave us a higher population because of the surpluses. Amazing!
Wow! Thanks to Hsuan Tsung being overthrown and the Tang Dynasty collapsing, the Song Dynasty is prospering under China. We even invented wood block printing.
Guess what I found out! That China,the exact place we're standing, invented the idea of flying cash which is depositing money on one end and someone else receiving it on the other end. They also had a junk which was similar to a dhow.
Well, they have become really successful. We should copy exactly everything they do. Except for the foot binding idea because it looks painful and simply the feet don't grow how they're supposed to.