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Celestial Empire goes into the pot

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天朝上锅 (Tiāncháo shàng guō): The Celestial Empire goes into the pot

In Mandarin, this sounds nearly the same as 天朝上国 (Tiāncháo shàng guó) which means “Celestial Empire above (all other) nations.” The phrase is a sarcastic reference to China.

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