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We know after the massive success of 3k in China that TW games have an audience there.
IMO, Cathay has no right to be added into the game, when factions that actually have army books and more lore than Cathey, and exist in areas the map already shows. Factions like the Boarder Princes, Tilia, Estalia, Albion, Amazons, Araby are all factions that I think deserve to be added before Cathay is even considered, much less the presumed game 3 races like Kislev, Ogre Kingdoms, and monogod Chaos.
That said, as will seemingly all media these days, there is a desire to grab the Chinese audience, and there would be no better way to do that than add Cathay. For this reason alone, I think Cathay has a chance to be added in game 3. I don't think there is a big enough Japanese audience for them to add Nippon though.