While we play political charades and loose influence the US looses and China re-emerges as the historical economic powerhouse of centuries past. Indeed history does repeat itself. To those extremist that don’t know the history of the orient the culture is patient and takes a long term view on world leadership. They will soon also take the lead on world environmental policy as they are introducing the worlds largest cap and trade system similar to California’s for Carbon Emissions. It will launch in 2020 and become fully functional by 2025 with a goal of taxing and phasing our coal. As we bicker and play political charades China gains and leads.
Trade on the Road played a significant role in the development of the civilizations of China, Korea, Japan,the Indian subcontinent, Iran/Persia, Europe, the Horn of Africa and Arabia, opening long-distance political and economic relations between the civilizations. Though silk was the major trade item exported from China, many other goods were traded, as well as religions, syncretic philosophies, and technologies. Diseases, most notably plague, also spread along the Silk Road.In addition to economic trade, the Silk Road was a route for cultural trade among the civilizations along its network.
The Silk Road derives its name from the lucrative trade in silk carried out along its length, beginning in the Han dynasty (207 BCE–220 CE). The Han dynasty expanded the Central Asian section of the trade routes around 114 BCE through the missions and explorations of the Chinese imperial envoy Zhang Qian. The Chinese took great interest in the safety of their trade products and extended the Great Wall of China to ensure the protection of the trade route.Silk Road Video
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