The British Museum is home to 8 million objects and 1.8 million years of history – that means an awful lot of people, and some pretty big characters. This week the museum is opening a new exhibition dedicated to Ashurbanipal, a 2,700 year old monarch who not only took the title of King of Assyria, but liked to call himself “king of the world”. Not heard of him? You’re not alone. He’s not exactly a household name, but during his lifetime Ashurbanipal was one of the most powerful people on the planet. He’s not the only forgotten historical power player hiding in the British Museum’s collection. From the founder of China to the first woman to rule Iran, check out these lesser-known world leaders who changed the course of history. Qin Shi Huang There was once a time when China didn’t actually exist – at least not how we know it today, anyway. Qin Shi Huang was the man who changed all that. He came to the throne of Qin in 246 BC … [Read more...] about Seven forgotten kings and queens you’ll find at the British Museum
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However, Western powers have continuously cited "freedom of navigation" under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to justify their actions. Sputnik spoke with Saikat Bhattacharya, research scholar at Jadavpur University in Kolkutta, India, about China's claims to sovereignty over the South China Sea dating back to the 1400s, in addition to greater implications for Western powers and their strategies in the disputed maritime region. What Have Western Scholars Historically Argued About the South China Sea? Saikat explained how the Middle Kingdom acquired the South China Sea during Han Chinese rule in the 1400s, leading to cartographic advancements which ultimately gave the sea its name. "China's claims to the South China Sea are purely based upon the Han Chinese Ming dynasty, where Admiral Zheng He led … [Read more...] about Western Powers Will Never Give Up US Policy in South China Sea—Research Scholar
Just inside the lobby of the Peninsula Beijing, an older gentlemen in a flat cap is drinking green tea. His knees are squashed to the table, the bowl held to his face by a meaty hand. His eyes are closed in appreciation – and, for a moment, I am sure I hear a slurping noise. I do not, of course. Such behaviour has no place in the reception of this five-star haven, with its chic guests and branches of Versace and Chanel. And the thirsty septuagenarian is, crucially, not real. He is a bubble of bronze, created by Chinese artist Zhang Du – one of two such sculptures there. But he looks, to my jet-lagged eye, like a symbol of today’s Beijing. Traditional yet modern, caught between two worlds. The hotel might be deemed the same thing. It is a grand retreat that has held its position on the arterial Jinyu Hutong since 1989 – an eternity in a city that has been torn down and re-built with an iconoclastic fervour in the past three decades. Yet the Peninsula has … [Read more...] about 10 years on from the Olympics, is Beijing transformed or still at a crossroads?
TRAVELLERS will soon be able to stay the night in a room on the Great Wall of China. Airbnb have announced that the room - complete with a double bed and open air views, as it has no roof - will be available to stay in from September this year. The room, which has 360 degree views, is the only one along the 13,171 miles of the Great Wall. Work started on building the wall in the 7th century BC but was completed during the Ming Dynasty between 1368-1644. A spokesperson for Airbnb said that four 'lucky guests' will be the first to spend the night on one of the seven new wonders of the world. The other six new wonders of the world include the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Brazil, Machu Picchu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico, The Roman Colosseum in Italy, the Taj Mahal in India and Petra in Jordan. The spokesperson said: "This September, four lucky winners will each be one of the first people in thousands of years to spend the night on the Great Wall of China in a custom-designed home … [Read more...] about Sleep ON the Great Wall Of China – Airbnb offer new bedroom built on one of world’s seven new wonders
China is building a very 21st century empire—one where trade and debt lead the way, not armadas and boots on the ground. If President Xi Jinping’s ambitions become a reality, Beijing will cement its position at the center of a new world economic order spanning more than half the globe. Already, China has extended its influence far beyond that of the Tang Dynasty’s golden age more than a millennium ago.The most tangible manifestation of Xi’s designs is the new Silk Road he first proposed in 2013. The enterprise morphed into the “Belt and Road” initiative, a mix of foreign policy, economic strategy, and charm offensive that, nurtured by a torrent of Chinese money, is rebalancing global political and economic alliances.Xi calls the grand initiative “a road for peace.” Other world powers such as Japan and the U.S. remain skeptical about its stated aims and even more worried about unspoken ones, especially those hinting at military expansion. … [Read more...] about China’s Empire of Money Is Reshaping Global Trade