Lydia H. Liu: In the Kanjisphere, 7 April 2022
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Allen Lane, 314 pp., £20, January, 978 0 241 29585 4Show More
“... the loss of territories, markets, ports, transportation and other key assets after China’s defeat in the Opium Wars, moved to modernise the state. Mastering telecommunications, at a time when the rapid transmission of information was remaking power and commerce, was a necessary first step. Particular questions required urgent attention: what would a ...”