Understanding China Inside and Out, From the Perspective of Early Modern History

How were China’s territory, ethnic groups, culture, and national identity formed? Why is it that China possesses the characteristics of a modern country, but also has an imperial mindset? Looking at China’s early modern history since the Song Dynasty, we will gain a new understanding of the country from the inside out.
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China’s Conquest of the West
In 2013, China built a 10,000-kilometer network of highways and railways. The Silk Road Economic Belt starts from Xi’an, passes through Kazakhstan, and extends its way to Europe. What are the motives behind the new Silk Road? What opportunities and risks does it bring?