Ban Chao, a Silk Road Le­gend

The “Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive” is China’s na­tional strat­egy. The his­toric Silk Road is not only an an­cient com­mer­cial trade route con­nect­ing Asia, Africa and Europe, but also a road be­tween the East and the West for eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural ex­chan

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Zhang Ruiqing, pol­ished by Mark Zuiderveld

Ban Chao, a fa­mous diplo­mat of the Han Dy­nasty (206 BC–AD 220) who for­ever changed the his­tory of the Western Re­gions of China, made trade with the East­ern Ro­man Em­pire pos­si­ble.

The day had a gen­tle breeze and clear sky. In a low mil­i­tary tent, the at­mos­phere was un­usual. An au­gust gen­eral sat north­ward solemnly, and a schol­arly mil­i­tary of­fi­cer stood op­po­site him. They both kept si­lent. Time was slip­ping away. The gen­eral broke the si­lence: “Ac­cord­ing to the im­pe­rial edict, His Majesty per­mits you to lead a del­e­ga­tion to Western coun­tries.”

This anec­dote oc­curred one day in AD 73. The gen­eral was Dou Gu (?– AD 88), renowned

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