The Old Silk Road

To begin, let’s see if we can handle these names: Xi Jinping and Nursultan  A. Nazarbayev. Xi is  President of The People’s Republic of China, Nazarbayev is President of Kazakhstan. They are in the news because only last week they signed trade and finance accords worth $30 billion.  President Xi said he wanted to create a contemporary version of the Old Silk Road that crossed the ancient plains of Kazakhstan on their way from China to Europe.

Come on Xi, we know it’s all about oil. But what gets me is that 21st century China, only 65 years after Mao Tse-Tung’s Communists chased Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists off the mainland, is able to talk about $30 billion as if it were a bag of rice.

So how did that happen? I have blogged before about events in China leading to where we are – it began with Charlie Soong in 1876.

 

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