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citizens of an ancient civilization that existed at the crossroads between China and Europe.
Originally posted by InfaRedMan
Very Interesting topic! I was riveted when watching the Discovery documentary on this a while back. I especially found the tartan-like fabric found with the mummies to be compelling. It's also amazing that China never covered this up.
The very thought that Caucasians were settled in a part of China thousands of years before Wu Di's early contacts with the west and Marco Polo's travels has enormous political ramifications. And that these Europeans should have been in restive Xinjiang hundreds of years before East Asians is explosive.
The Chinese historian Ji Xianlin, writing a preface to Ancient Corpses of Xinjiang by the Chinese archaeologist Wang Binghua, translated by Professor Mair, says China "supported and admired" research by foreign experts into the mummies. "However, within China a small group of ethnic separatists have taken advantage of this opportunity to stir up trouble and are acting like buffoons. Some of them have even styled themselves the descendants of these ancient 'white people' with the aim of dividing the motherland. But these perverse acts will not succeed," Ji wrote.
Many Uighurs consider the Han Chinese as invaders. The territory was annexed by China in 1955, and the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region established, and there have been numerous incidents of unrest over the years. In 1997 in the northern city of Yining there were riots by Muslim separatists and Chinese security forces cracked down, with nine deaths. There are occasional outbursts, and the region remains very heavily policed.
Not surprisingly, the government has been slow to publicise these valuable historical finds for fear of fuelling separatist currents in Xinjiang.
Originally posted by Hanslune
It is interesting that the Han which make up over 90% of the population don't all speak the same language. I grew up around Hakka and Cantonese speakers. Zhonghua minzu the concept of a 'Chinese' nationality seems well in place. Although the southern part of China has had a tendency to break away from the North on a regular basis.
Originally posted by adnanmuf
this shows us that the caucasians' (europeans) original homeland 4000 years ago was really china not Europe!!. They only came to Europe in the Goths invasion of Europe just 1500 years ago.
The Goths had been around since at least the 3rd century
then Ukraine 500 BC (Darius the Great envasion of the Goths (Para Saka= Scyldian of behind the sea (Black sea), where Darius tortured them and cut their numbers in third) and then petitioned Roman Caesar Valen in around 380 AD to let them cross the Danube west) Valen permitted them (big mistake) because they were planning to take Europe which they did) and the rest is history