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  • yahoo yahoo May 9, 2005 3:08 PM Flag

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    • 19th century...the British century

      20th cenetury...the American century

      21th century...the Chinese century

      tks...schoss, you ungratefull bastard...


    • With reference to China, I'm reminded of a professor of mine, in a political science undergrad course at UC-Berkeley, remarking in class, the month the komantang fled to Taiwan: "be assured, this is but a dynastic change! The fundamentals of China will continue regardless of who/what sits on the throne. The new emperor (Mao) & his decendents will rule as long as they are tough. A "democracy" did not fall this month, there was no democracy, only the standard chaos that has been the interlude between every dynastic change in the past 5000 years. And as strong as the new dynasty may be it will be assailed by the same centrifugal forces that have brought down every preceding family. The geographical determinist forces of China are for decentralization & eventual chaos. We can do business with the new emperor, just forget the "communist" label remembering to cash in your chips when the dynasty weakens!" And, so we are!! Will we know when to cut and run. "China is chaos tempered by Imperial Power."

    • schloss

      It may not be as tangential as you might imagine. Development of most of the prospects in Durango was initially done by British interests seeking to get silver to make their balance of payments practical prior to the introduction of opium as the main staple of the China trade. The Brits were bleeding silver and they entered strongly into any place in the owrld they could find enough of it to meet chinese demands for payment.

      It was in that period that the Peso became one of the principle currencies worldwide. The opium trade's florishing killed a lot of mining in Mexico and caused serious destablization there, one of the reasons that Santa Anna could play some of the games he did which would lead to the break away of Texas and eventually to the lose of the American Southwest.

      While demand for silver was extra high, exploration and even development in extremely remote parts of the Barranca country was undertaken. Many of those areas were left to lapse into obscurity till now. With the advent of infrastructure, things not explored since the Brits were first there before the opium wars are getting a look see. It would be fitting if that silver ended up being shipped to China.

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