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Chinese villagers descended from Roman Soldiers?


DNA testing has demonstrated that nearly two-thirds of villagers in a remote part of China on the fringes of the Gobi desert have Caucasian origins supporting a theory that these villagers may be descended from a lost Roman legion.

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757 – Du Fu returns to Chang’an as a member of Emperor Xuanzong’s court

8 December

Du Fu (712 – 770) was a prominent Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty. Along with Li Bai (Li Po), he is frequently called the greatest of the Chinese poets. His greatest ambition was to serve his country as a successful civil servant, but he proved unable to make the necessary accommodations. His life, like the whole country, was devastated by the An Lushan Rebellion of 755, and his last 15 years were a time of almost constant unrest. Continue reading “757 – Du Fu returns to Chang’an as a member of Emperor Xuanzong’s court”

395 – ‘Later Yan’ is defeated by its former vassal ‘Northern Wei’ at the Battle of Canhe Slope

8 December

Battle of Canhe Slope refers to a battle in 395 where the Chinese/Xianbei state Later Yan, then ruling over northern and central China, had launched a punitive campaign against its former vassal Northern Wei, also of Xianbei extraction. Continue reading “395 – ‘Later Yan’ is defeated by its former vassal ‘Northern Wei’ at the Battle of Canhe Slope”

1962 – The Chinese declare a unilateral ceasefire in the Sino-Indian War

The Sino-Indian War was a war between China and India that occurred in 1962. A disputed Himalayan border was the main pretext for war, but other issues played a role. There had been a series of violent border incidents after the 1959 Tibetan uprising, when India had granted asylum to the Dalai Lama. India initiated a Forward Policy in which it placed outposts along the border, including several north of theMcMahon Line, the eastern portion of a Line of Actual Control proclaimed by Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in 1959. Continue reading “1962 – The Chinese declare a unilateral ceasefire in the Sino-Indian War”

1950 – Korean War: British and Australian forces halt advancing Chinese

5 November

The Battle of Pakchon fought on this day in 1950, took place ten days after the start of the Chinese First Phase Offensive, following the entry of the People’s Volunteer Army into the Korean War. Continue reading “1950 – Korean War: British and Australian forces halt advancing Chinese”

1894 – Battle of the Yalu River

17 September – On this day

The Battle of the Yalu River, was the largest naval engagement of the First Sino-Japanese War, and took place on this day in 1894, the day after the Japanese victory at the land Battle of Pyongyang. Continue reading “1894 – Battle of the Yalu River”

1976 – Chairman Mao dies

9 September – On this day

Chinese revolutionary and statesman Mao Zedong, who had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease and other health problems, dies in Beijing at the age of 82.

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Smugglers caught with 231 fossil dinosaur eggs

Police raids on a house in Heyuan city in southern Guangdong Province on 29 July uncovered 231 fossilised dinosaur eggs Continue reading “Smugglers caught with 231 fossil dinosaur eggs”

Chinese Film Distorts History

A production company affiliated with the Chinese military have produced a movie The Cairo Declaration as part of the 70th anniversary commemorations of Japan’s surrender in WWII which depicts Mao Zedong as an important participant in the Cairo conference of 1943. A conference he never attended.

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