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TRIBUTE. A contribution which is sometimes raised by the sovereign from his subject, to sustain the expenses of the state. It is also a sum of money paid by one nation to another under some pretended right. Wolff, Sec. 1145.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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'The Ming Dynasty appears to be their model, albeit in a more muscular manner, demanding other nations become tribute states, kowtowing to Beijing,' Mattis told the U.S.
Chapter 7 focuses on the nineteenth-century encounters between the East Asian states and the West, addressing the impact of Western encounters with China (loss of tribute states to foreign powers, the Opium Wars and loss of territorial control, domestic rebellions, and late Qing reform efforts).