Tag Archives: China

Yesterday in History XIII

Diamond Sūtra (May 11, 868 AD) On this day in 868: The Diamond Sutra, the oldest known dated book, is printed in China. Hmm. Not the oldest book, just the oldest block printed book with a known date of publishing. … Continue reading

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Is the Chinese Communist Party Chairman Kublai Khan?

Xi Jinping (June 15, 1953) Call it a thought that just won’t go away. I wrote this morning about the first meeting between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan, whose Yuan Empire covered all of China and some surrounding countries. Then … Continue reading

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A Meeting of Two Remarkable Men in the 13th Century

Marco Polo (Sep 1254 – Jan 1324) and Kublai Khan (Sep 1215 – Feb 1294) On this eve of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games 2022, I thought it might be interesting to look back about 750 years to this meeting, … Continue reading

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Another Cassandra Alert:

Might Biden Attack Russia at the Start of China’s Olympic Games? All this time, we in the West have been focusing on what Putin might or might not do about Ukraine. We tend to ignore the other side of the … Continue reading

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Well, Here’s Another Interesting Thought About:

The 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing (February 4, 2022) There is some speculation as to whether Vladimir Putin will launch his Ukraine offensive to coincide with the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing on Friday of this week. Hmm. … Continue reading

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Back-Channels: How One Man’s Folly was Mitigated

Peril (2021) You might think this is just paranoia speaking, but I think, as do the authors of this book, that the world came perilously close to a catastrophe in January of this year. If General Mark Milley hadn’t initiated … Continue reading

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Secret Diplomacy or Two-Faced Duplicity?

Kissinger’s Secret China Trip (July 9, 1971) Oh, now it makes sense: the 50th anniversary of Kissinger’s secret trip to China was two days ago. But, being Canadian, this wasn’t on my radar screen, then, and still isn’t, now. The … Continue reading

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Beware (purportedly) Facebook Ads from China

The Ol’ Bait and Switch My wife has taken to on-line shopping during the pandemic. Most of the time, she has no problems with her purchases, especially if they were ordered through Amazon. But recently, she ordered a dog ramp … Continue reading

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A Year Ago Today…

The W.H.O. Finally Called It a Pandemic So, what have we learned in that year? China didn’t want to admit that something had gone ‘wrong’ in Wuhan and tried to keep a lid on the news. Unfortunately, they couldn’t keep … Continue reading

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Mass Sighting of a UFO over China

July 24, 1981 @ 10:33 p.m. to 10:53 p.m. This event was referenced by Shirley MacLaine in her book, Sage-ing While Age-ing. Her description had one small error, though: she said it was on April 24, 1981. I’ll bet her notes … Continue reading

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