This pioneering work allows glimpses into a little-studied topic. Extremely well researched and well documented, this study explores Chinese junk trade with Siam over two centuries. Trade between the two nations was carried out with great success since the Chinese viewed (and justified) it as an extension of domestic trade. Thus, this topic is not only fascinating as a subject within itself but is significant in considering China's economic development, the implementation of commercial policies by the two nations, and ideas of trade in the east and southeast of Asia. 1993. 216 pages. Illustrations, maps.