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China’s Forgotten Hindu Temples

The Hindu reports that there is a forgotten history behind Hindu temples in  Chedian Village, Quanzhou where residents pray before a “cross-legged” “four-armed goddess” with a “demon lying at her...

The Grand Canal: China’s Ancient Lifeline

Veteran China journalist Ian Johnson, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his coverage of persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, recently spent two weeks aboard a barge on China’s Grand Canal. In a feature for National...

China’s Part in Afghanistan Mining Boom

A New York Times article on the rush for Afghanistan’s estimated trillion-dollar natural resources includes details of Chinese companies’ involvement. Already this summer, the China National Petroleum Corporation, in...

World’s Oldest Pottery Confirmed in Jiangxi

An report released today in Science details the dating efforts that have confirmed pottery fragments found in Jiangxi province’s Xianren Cave (仙人洞) to be the world’s oldest. Radiocarbon samples have proven the...

Imperiled Buddhas and Sino-Afghan Relations

By investing heavily in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, China has extended its political influence in the war-torn country, and secured some of the resources needed to fuel its own rapid development. In 2007, state-owned...

China, Kenya to Search for Ancient Chinese Wrecks

From the Associated Press: An agreement was signed for a three-year project funded by China’s Commerce Ministry to explore waters near the popular tourist towns ofMalindi and Lamu, the official Xinhua News Agency reported...

Israeli Team Dates 18,000-Year-Old Pottery in China

Israeli, Chinese, and American scientists have dated the pottery fragments excavated from a cave in Henan province to be 18,000 years old.  From the Jersualem Post: Early last week, the team reported that they had reexcavated...

China Plans New Terracotta Warrior Dig

From AP: China plans to excavate more of the life-size terracotta warriors at the famed ancient tomb of the country’s first emperor, an official newspaper said Wednesday. Archeologists hope to uncover more figures of...

‘Oldest Pottery’ Found In China

From BBC News: Examples of pottery found in a cave at Yuchanyan in China’s Hunan province may be the oldest known to science. By determining the fraction of a type, or isotope, of carbon in bone fragments and charcoal, the...

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