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This was a pastoral area for many nomadic tribes and was part of the Anxi Protectorate of western China, during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907). It fell under the administration of the Liao Dynastry and Mongol Khanate (916-1125), then the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), after 1755. The State Council approved the establishment of Karamay as a city, in May 1958.