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Op-Ed: China’s ‘Fight and win’ military doctrine vs media idiots

Beijing - The news that China is developing a “fight and win wars” military structure has global media flapping its wings like chickens in a berserk henhouse. What are they supposed to do, develop a military designed to fight and lose?

Op-Ed: Where will Xi take China, and the world?

Beijing - The news about President Xi Jinping’s “enthronement” by the Communist party has been generating some very negative, and naïve, viewpoints. The risks of a one-man China aren’t as obvious as they seem.

How the 'Silk Road' helped in spreading infectious diseases

Scientists have discovered that the ancient Silk Road used for the passage of goods, commodities, technology, religion and culture between the East and the West also served as a pathway for the spread of infectious diseases.

Review: ‘Dragon Blade’ is unnecessarily dull at times Special

Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody go back to 50 B.C. and battle it out for control of the Silk Road in ‘Dragon Blade.’

The genetic diversity of sheep revealed

A major new study, led by Chinese academics, has revealed the genetic and evolutionary history of sheep. The finding will help with the protection and conservation of rare breeds.

Review: The only thing not veiled in ‘Deep Web’ is its agenda Special

‘Deep Web’ is a compelling documentary that explores a secret realm of the Internet and suggests a twenty-something idealist may have been unfairly prosecuted for his activities in this world.

Op-Ed: Inside China’s silent onslaught on Washington

International institutions are one of the most enduring legacies of the post- World War II US-sponsored American world order.

FBI arrests alleged 'Silk Road 2.0' operator

FBI agents arrested Blake Benthall in San Francisco on Wednesday. Benthall is the alleged operator of "Silk Road 2.0," an online marketplace where people can buy and trade illegal goods or services.

Synthetic cannabis hits Norway in the mail

Oslo - Customs officials in Norway are reporting a huge surge in the amount of synthetic cannabis being bought on the Internet and then delivered to people's homes by mail. They are requesting increased funding to try to handle the situation.

FBI shuts down online drug market Silk Road, arrests founder

San Francisco - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has shut down a popular underground online drug marketplace and arrested its founder on suspicion of money laundering and of trying to arrange a murder-for-hire.

Review: Re-Spiced explores racism you can dance to Special

Zooming down musical memory lane, a Chicago theater examines Western culture's lyrical take on Asia and the Middle East and what it finds is unsettling and exhilarating.

Op-Ed: The Silk Track — China decides to build a new Silk Road to Europe

Beijing - China was doing major infrastructure projects when Europe was basically at hut stage. The Great Wall, the Grand Canal and other works are hallmarks of Chinese engineering. Now, the Silk Track- Rail and road freight to Europe.

Rising a new silk road: China-Arab ties tightened

Last week, Ben Simpfendorfer, chief China Economist for the Royal Bank of Scotland and the author of the new book "The New Silk Road" had an interview with the New Yorker magazine, talking about the long-term interaction between China and Arab World.
 

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The Silk Road extending from southern Europe through Egypt  Somalia  the Arabian Peninsula  Iran  Ce...
The Silk Road extending from southern Europe through Egypt, Somalia, the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Central Asia, Pakistan, India, Java-Indonesia, and Vietnam til it reaches China. Land routes are red, water routes are blue. The Black Death originated in China and spread by way of the Silk Road. It reduced the world's population from an estimated 450 million to between 350 and 375 million in 1400.
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Silk Road routes used around the 1st century CE centred on the Silk Road. The routes remain largely ...
Silk Road routes used around the 1st century CE centred on the Silk Road. The routes remain largely valid for the period 520 BCE to 500 CE.
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The Bell Tower at night.
The Bell Tower at night.
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The latrine was found at the ruins of Xuanquanzhi on the edge of the Taklamakan desert (shown on map...
The latrine was found at the ruins of Xuanquanzhi on the edge of the Taklamakan desert (shown on map).
University of Cambridge
Xuanquanzhi Ruins is all that is left of an important stop-over on the Silk Road.
Xuanquanzhi Ruins is all that is left of an important stop-over on the Silk Road.
University of Cambridge
Tourists rising camel caravan in the Taklamakan Desert on the Silk Road.
Tourists rising camel caravan in the Taklamakan Desert on the Silk Road.
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China in Red  the members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in orange.
China in Red, the members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in orange.
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Silk Road has been shut down by the FBI.
Silk Road has been shut down by the FBI.
FBI
The old Silk Road and the Silk Track have a lot in common. With any luck  the Silk Track will be as ...
The old Silk Road and the Silk Track have a lot in common. With any luck, the Silk Track will be as successful as its predecessor.
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Extent of Silk Route/Silk Road. Red is land route and the blue is the sea/water route.
Extent of Silk Route/Silk Road. Red is land route and the blue is the sea/water route.
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This is a map of the Tarim River drainage basin. Note that river courses shown crossing the Taklamak...
This is a map of the Tarim River drainage basin. Note that river courses shown crossing the Taklamakan Desert are usually dry.
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Just one of the many ruins found along the Northern terminus of the ancient Silk Road. (Screen grab ...
Just one of the many ruins found along the Northern terminus of the ancient Silk Road. (Screen grab from video)
International Dunhuang Project
 Personal hygiene sticks  found in a latrine at the Xuanquanzhi Ruins by the research team.
"Personal hygiene sticks" found in a latrine at the Xuanquanzhi Ruins by the research team.
University of Cambridge
The researchers found eggs from the Chinese River fluke in the preserved feces from the latrine at X...
The researchers found eggs from the Chinese River fluke in the preserved feces from the latrine at Xuanquanzhi (pictured). The site would have been too dry to allow the parasites to complete their life cycle, which suggests they had come from a location around 1,000 miles away.
University of Cambridge

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