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Sikang


Digital relief map of Sikang province, China

Sikang (Xikang) was a province of southwest China established in 1939 in the midst of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The area had been established as a special administrative district at the founding of the Republic of China in 1911. The area was invaded by Tibet in 1930, but Tibetian forces were driven out in 1932.

The entire province is mountainous and barren of resources. Many of the major rivers of Asia originate in or near the province. There are no large population centers and the provincial capital of Kamting (Kamding) (101.965E 30.055N) had a population of less than 100,000 persons and an elevation of 8400' (2600 m).

The province was dissolved in 1955 and its territory divided between Tibet and Szechuan.



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