The road – China is making substantial investment in ports and pipelines worldwide

Many are worried they could be used for military or other strategic purposes. No chinese reference to the maritime Silk Road is complete without mention of the voyages of Zheng He. The eunuch admiral, a Muslim at the Ming court, led seven voyages in the early 15th century in a fleet of vast sailing barges known as “treasure ships”. The official narrative is that he went abroad to spread peace, …

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