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An American in China

China the Land That Never Changes

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 19, 2011

Here is a quote from the Cambridge history of China. Athough they are describing a 180 year old belief, the Chinese still do it today.

“One of the objectives of statecraft was to pacify the rebellious barbarian traders on the frontier, both in Central Asia and in Canton in the 1830s. Finding the Europeans to be more powerful, statecraft scholars set about studying them and their technology. This was the
modern beginning of the opening of the Chinese mind to the outer world.13

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