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Such practices could be used to distinguish Chinese from non-Chinese within the Qing empire and were carried overseas by emigrants. The people who subscribed to this culture are known today as the Han Chinese. At the time they used the terms 'the people' (min) or 'humans' (ren) for themselves and described others as 'savages' (fan) or 'barbarians' (yi). A quotation from a nineteenth-century British author A common culture 21 describing one of the indigenous peoples of Taiwan gives a sense of the flavour of such terms: [The Kibalan] were in all respects a more intelligent and more engaging people than the Chinese of Formosa, though these latter affect superiority.
However the Jungar forces were not yet defeated and in 1717 they moved south to Tibet where they captured the city of Lhasa. Again Manchu forces were sent against them and drove them out, leaving a Qing garrison in control of Lhasa. The Jungars retreated west pursued by the Qing in a series of campaigns that ultimately brought a large part of muslim Central Asia into the Qing empire. In 1760 the newly conquered area was incorporated into the empire as Xinjiang, which means 'new territories'. This was to be the last major expansionist campaign of the Manchus, and by the time it was completed the Qing had come to control vast areas of northern and central Asia that were culturally quite distinct from the Chinese provinces that had formed the Ming empire.
In many areas of the country wealthy people consolidated their power through the organisation of lineages. Lineages had first been promoted by the neo-Confucian reformers of the twelfth century who wanted to encourage families to follow Confucian precepts concerning the proper relationships between family members. Lineage organisations often held land that was donated to a trust for the benefit of the lineage as a whole. This was intended to fund sacrifices for the lineage's ancestors as well as lineage schools and occasional assistance to poorer members.