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How new Silk Road will cement China as major trading partner for Africa

In 138 BC China took its first step towards global connectivity with the establishment of the historical Silk Road.

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Zhang Qian was sent by Emperor Wudi to Central Asia to establish trade relationships.

His historic missions enabled China to make contact with the outposts of Hellenic civilisation established by Alexander the Great.

Mob 2bThese efforts enabled Emperor’s Han dynasty to develop political and trade relationships with Central Asian countries.

New ideas came to China, along with new plants like grapes and alfalfa and superior breeds of horses.

Centuries later, China…

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