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China’s Rise: A Quest To ‘Hug The World’?

In a series looking at China’s expanding reach in the world, NPR’s Morning Edition goes back in history to look at China’s goals and motivations in undertaking global explorations under Admiral Zheng He (Listen...

Europe’s Plagues Came From China, Study Finds

New research indicates that the three waves of plague that struck Europe, the first in the 6th century, all originated in China, the New York Times reports: The great waves of plague that twice devastated Europe and changed the...

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...

Beware fleets of fantasy – Geoff Wade

From The Australian (link): On Friday evening, the University of Melbourne intends to give its imprimatur to history of the most fanciful kind. It is precisely the wrong way to put

Frank Viviano: China’s Great Armada

From National Geographic Magazine: Viewed from the rocky outcropping of Dondra Head at the southernnmost tip of Sri Lanka, the first sighting of the Ming fleet is a massive shadow
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