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Silk Road (Kashgar via Xi'an to Beijing), so we start from Xinjiang province (borders 8 countries eg. Kazakstan) and is an autonomous Chinese state with Islamic influences and roots

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from The Huffington Post

China's New Silk Road Promises Prosperity Across Eurasia

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from Reuters

China to establish $40 billion Silk Road infrastructure fund

Stratfor report outlines how China uses big data analytics and surveillance to spy on its citizens.

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Sogdian Dancer, Sogdian traders of Central Asia had direct contact with China. Their dancing was well known and performed at court. Tang Dynasty, 618-906 CE. Cast Bronze. Height: 13.7 cm. Shandan Municipal Museum Gansu Province, China. Shandan lies between Dunhuang and Lanzhou, along the Silk Road.

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Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor, China, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. Inscription in 2014. Criteria: (ii)(iii)(v)(vi)

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