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In the 1400s, China owned the greatest seagoing fleet in the world, up to 3,500 ships at its peak. (The US Navy today has only 430). Some of them were five times the size of the ships being built in Europe at the time. Businessinsider online
China is building airstrips in the south China sea … China itself is under threat – these American bases form a giant noose encircling China with [US] missiles, bombers, warships. John Pilger, The Coming War on China, ITV 2016
The response of the United States is to deploy the majority of its naval forces to Asia and the Pacific … The target is China. ibid.
Is the US already at war with China? ibid.
One country with very definite plans of its own is China. The Chinese have already successfully launched two manned space mission, and are talking about putting an astronaut on the moon by 2025. Brian Cox, Moon: The Horizon Guide, BBC 2009
Getting the balance right is difficult. China claims its one-child policy prevented four hundred million births. But it clearly came at a cost none of us can countenance. Horizon: Chris Packham, 7.7 Billion People and Counting, BBC 2020
The Chinese, way back around 2,000 B.C. – we’ve got their records; they’ve been handed down ... And they say that they send astronauts up to the moon. And like built structures up there like pagodas. Jonathan Gray, interview Coast to Coast Hidden Discoveries
Off the New Zealand coast, yes. The Chinese actually have a vary ancient map in their possession. It was drawn about 1418 and it includes Australia, New Zealand ... This expedition: it was an attempted circumnavigation of the world ... And more than a hundred ships, and these ships carried between them 28,000 people set out in 1421 ... Documents from ancient China talk about this catastrophe: a huge meteor struck the sea less than a hundred miles from the fleet ... Investigation recently down along the coast and inland high up ... has produced the remains actually of sixty embedded ships. ibid.
After the coffin came life after 2,100 years. The Chinese archaeologists were cracking open a tomb ... Beside the Mummy that they brought out were containers of ancient seeds ... The shock came: still alive after 2,100 years there were 40 seeds that sprouted into tomato plants. ibid.
Silk: It’s a secret China has guarded for over a thousand years ... China still remains the world’s biggest silk producer … the Silk Road. Mankind: The Story of All of Us III, History Channel 2012
After the plague a rebirth … 5,000 miles away China is on the verge of its own rebirth … A peasant army to drive the Mongols out of China. The key to their strategy: a weapon that will change mankind – the gun. Mankind: The Story of All of Us VI: Survivors
Britain v China: a war fought over the most lucrative commodity on the planet. Mankind: The Story of All of Us X: Revolutions
The world’s highest bridge … the Siduhe Bridge. Supersized Earth II: The Way We Move, BBC 2012
China now has half of the world’s top one hundred highest bridges. ibid.
Qianling, China: one woman would secure her place as its supreme ruler ... Wu Zetian... She deserves to be a household name. Bettany Hughes, Divine Women III: War of the Word, BBC 2012
The first written reference we have to alchemy is just over two thousand years old and it comes from China. Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 4/3: The Hidden Structure, BBC 1973
Surrounded by rives of mercury the [Chinese] emperor could reign over his replica kingdom for eternity ... To ensure the safety of himself and his belongings ... booby trap defences ... The Emperor commissioned an body-guard of thousands to accompany him into the next world. Ancient Discoveries s6e12: Rituals of Death, History 2009
The first Emperor’s paranoia and ego demanded that he be surrounded by an elite bodyguard. ibid.
China had been the scene of a protracted war since the 1930s ... The anti-Japanese alliance was always built on shaky foundations. Before the Japanese invasion, the two factions had fought for control of China. World War II: The Complete History: The World Shall Hold Its Breath, Discovery 2000
Once the Japanese had collapsed in defeat the civil war resumed, and techniques of revolutionary war perfected by Mao were turned against the nationalists. Despite American backing, the result was defeat for the Nationalists. Retreating to the Island of Taiwan, they set up a government in exile. World War II: The Complete History: The Presence of History
In China the Imperial Army had carried out unbelievable massacres. World War II: The Apocalypse: American Allies aka Apocalypse: The Second World War: World Ablaze, National Geographic 2009
Peking soon fell. And then it was Shanghai’s turn. The World at War 6/26: Banzai, ITV 1973
It was here at Nanking in December 1937 that the Japanese perpetrated what was until then one of the worst atrocities of this century when their troops massacred more than 200,000 Chinese in cold blood. Even the Nazis were shocked. ibid.
The sun had set on one imperial power; on another the sun was still rising. ibid.
Who were the first people to land in what is now the US? ... Mysterious carved stones found off the coast of California led to speculation about American history. Could these stones be proof that the Chinese beat Columbus to the New World? Weird or What? Chinese Columbus
It’s said to be a copy of a fifteenth-century Chinese sailing map which contains detailed descriptions of native Americans. ibid.
I’m setting off on a journey across three continents in search of one of the biggest stories of our age: the unstoppable global rise of China. Throughout the world Chinese industry and wealth are shifting the balance of power. On this first stage of my journey I’ll be crossing Africa where a million Chinese people are helping to transform the continent. Justin Rowlatt, The Chinese Are Coming, BBC 2011
An explosion of trade between China and Africa. ibid.
The oil bonanza and the Chinese building project make Luanda feel like a boomtown. But unemployment among the locals remains rampant. ibid.
In some African countries the Chinese presence is more controversial. ibid.
Some of the continent’s worst rulers have found in China a convenient political ally. ibid.
The West risks being left behind in Africa. ibid.
More and more Africans are learning about the Chinese language and culture. ibid.
Communist China is bringing capitalism to Africa in a big way. ibid.
China’s expansion is devastating America’s industrial heartlands. Justin Rowlatt, The Chinese Are Coming 2/2
We rely on cheap Chinese goods to improve our standards of living but at the same time it threatens our industries and jobs. ibid.
They are fast emerging as the next great superpower reshaping the world order. ibid.
The disagreement here reflects a much wider discomfort about China and the effect it is having in America. ibid.
The decline of the steel industry here in America has matched the growth of the Chinese steel industry. ibid.
But there are a few steel companies who are thriving here. ibid.
China has called the tariff abuse protectionism. ibid.
A dust-up may be on the cards. ibid.
China’s incredible hunger for resources threatens the world’s largest rain forest. ibid.
In the home of the bikini cheap Chinese imports have flooded the market. ibid.