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Simple...the whole of the current regime is based upon the primacy of the Communist Party, having rescued the Chinese people from the yoke of their decadent imperial past. It's tough to vilify the emperors while celebrating their material culture. That's why the archaeology starts to get clunky...the apparatchiks have not yet found a comfortable balance with their history.
China still actively suppresses the majority of their archaeological discoveries if they can be tied in any way to historical religious practices.
I wonder why that is.
I agree with you that it would be cool if China opened up a bit. Their Pyramids alone would take decades to uncover and research.
I always wondered what sort of things are buried (intentionally or not) in and around the Great Wall.
Its easy to see how advanced cultures with capable naval technology could have stumbled upon american cultures ( particularly central and south ) and influenced them.