江山 – Chinese philosophy and culture

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jiāngshān

江山

By “key concepts in Chinese thought and culture” we mean concepts and keywords or phrases the Chinese people have created or come to use that are fundamentally pertinent to Chinese philosophy, humanistic spirit, way of thinking, and values.


jiāngshān 江山

Rivers and Mountains / Country or State Power

本义指河流和山岭,代指一个国家的政权及其所覆盖的全部疆域(义同“河山”)。这种用法隐含着这样的观念:河流、山岭地形险要,是卫护国家安全、政权稳固的天然屏障;疆域是国家的构成要素。

The term, similar in meaning to heshan (河山), literarily means rivers and mountains. It is used to refer to the sovereignty of a state and all its territory. The term has these implications: rivers and mountains provide natural barriers that protect the country and its sovereignty; territory is the key feature of a state.

引例 Citation:

◎割据江山,拓土万里。(《三国志·吴书·贺劭传》)

(以武力占据一方,建立政权,开拓大片疆土。)

To seize a region by force, establish a regime there, and extend its territory far and wide. (The History of the Three Kingdoms)

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