Our Chi­nese his­tory

The Australian - - COMMENTARY - Peter Dowl­ing, Bris­bane, Qld

In his book Silent In­va­sion, Clive Hamil­ton notes a claim made by for­mer Chi­nese pres­i­dent Hu Jin­tao in an ad­dress to the Aus­tralian par­lia­ment in 2003 that the ex­pe­di­tionary fleets of the Ming dy­nasty reached Aus­tralian shores in the 1420s. This led, Hu Jin­tao claimed, to Chi­nese set­tle­ment in Aus­tralia where they brought Chi­nese cul­ture to this land. Now if we could only find out what that ex­act date was.

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