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Understanding the Chinese Economies by Rongxing Guo

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Chapter 12

International Economic Engagement

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The ruins of an ancient watchtower, located in Dunhuang, Gansu province.

Copyright © The Real Bear, January 27, 2008

The Silk Road (Silu) is the most well-known trading route in ancient China. Trade in silk grew under the Han dynasty (202 BC–AD 220) during which the Chinese traded silk for medicines, perfumes, and slaves, in addition to precious stones. The Silk Road was an important path for cultural, commercial, and technological exchange between traders, merchants, pilgrims, missionaries, soldiers, nomads, and urban dwellers from different parts of the world. Trade on the Silk Road was a significant ...

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