Opium War

Looted Ancient Bronzes Returned to Beijing

Two ancient bronze animal head sculptures looted from the Summer Palace during the Second Opium War were returned to China in accordance with the offer businessman François-Henri Pinault made during his visit to the country...

China Brings Home Its Bronzes

The twelve bronze zodiac animal heads cast by Jesuits for the emperor Qianlong have become a potent symbol of China’s humiliation by predatory Western imperialists during the 19th Century. The heads are widely held to have...

Perspectives on Poppies

From Evan Osnos in The New Yorker: British Prime Minister David Cameron, en route to the Group of 20 summit in Seoul, stopped in Beijing this week and suddenly found himself in a sartorial conundrum: Chinese officials, eyeing...

Raghav Bahl: Colonial Hangovers

From an editorial in the Hindustan Times: Has China’s more turbulent British colonial history and India’s more ‘civilising’ one given the former the edge over the latter in the 21st century? On December 31, 1600, a group of...

Bronze Heads Gnaw at China

A set of bronze statues being sold by Christie’s in Paris has China in a dither. From The Los Angeles Times: On Monday, a French judge ruled that the 18th century Chinese bronze heads depicting a rabbit and a rat can be...

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