The man who beat Columbus – Steven Ribet

From the Weekend Standard:

‘There would be no Bruce Lee and no David Beckham,” said the old lady. “If it weren’t for Zheng He, you wouldn’t have our kung fu and we wouldn’t have your football.”

Well, maybe. And maybe it wouldn’t matter all that much. Still, the old woman speaking at a Shanghai celebration of the explorer Zheng He earlier this month certainly caught the spirit of celebration surrounding the Ming-era admiral, a man honored as never before for being the “Chinese Columbus,” a seafaring adventurer with no peer.


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