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on May 21, 2010
This is a seminal essay for the beginning of a new era in 2010. The economic world is shifting its axis and the author makes a clear historical long ago event as the catalyst for the future, namely, the old silk road is also the new silk road. This metaphor is the perfect reference point for the shift that is taking place between the MENA (middle east/north africa) and the east as exemplified by China (and I might add India and the Republics to the West of China as well). What is clear from the essay is that the business of the MENA and China have a lot in common and that there are historical reasons for it. There is also a political context that seems to be always bubbling up to the surface and it is seen not only in trade and business development but also in politics. It is as if two old clans have rediscovered their ancient heritage and feel more comfortable in rediscovering the relationship than the present one with the West. An excellent essay and extremely helpful for investors and historians alike.
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on November 17, 2009
The author who is fluent in both Arabic and Chinese, offers a unique perspective of the intersection of both cultures - How the mom and pop vendors in the Middle East are able to purchase items in China due to the translators who belong to an "acceptable" Muslim Chinese minority. His comments on the facility of Chinese leaders to be interviewed by Al Jezera in Arabic while those in the West cannot, are important warnings of the future. A must read for those interested in the growth of China and its wider influence in the Middle East.
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on April 6, 2013
When in Far East several years ago, I observed the eastward posture, which fascinated me as an American citizen whose always been exposed to USA superiority. As a person with passion for Silk Road(s), this was a welcome read.
The documented details presented here well incorporated.
The downside is 2008 publication when Syria was a different player.
Enjoyed personal experiences included, as well as descriptions.
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