Author’s Statement

China is the uncontested El Dorado of the 21st century. The rapid rise of China as a leading economic power within a time frame of about three decades is often described by financial analysts as one of the greatest economic success stories of modern times. The story of the Western world’s fascination with China dates back more than two millennia and began with a product that remains the symbol of this relationship: silk. Silk gave rise to the first myth of Chinese trade and the perception of the Silk Road as the main commercial avenue of antiquity. In recent decades, China’s economic growth has been accelerating at speeds the world has not witnessed since the 19th-century Industrial Revolution. With its dual appeal as the world’s ...

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