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How and why men became eunuchs in imperial China
The presence of eunuchs in the Forbidden City, the ancient home to many Chinese emperors, was a long-standing tradition. These emasculated men served as palace menials, spies and harem watchdogs. An army of eunuchs was attached to the court, primarily to safeguard the imperial ladies’ chastity. Confucian values deemed it vital for the emperor, seen as heaven’s representative on Earth, to produce a direct male heir to maintain harmony between heaven and Earth. Not wanting to leave anything to chance during a period with a high infant mortality rate, the world’s largest harem was placed at the emperor’s disposal to ensure enough heirs would survive into adulthood.     A 2,000-year system Cour
How and why men became eunuchs in imperial China
Why Made in China 2025 triggered the wrath of Trump
“Made in China” is often associated with cheap and poor quality goods, but the country has ambitious plans to transform itself into an innovative high-tech powerhouse by 2025. The Chinese government announced the ‘Made in China 2025’ strategic plan in 2015. Aimed at closing the gap on western expertise and cutting China’s dependency on imported technology, the plan specified 10 areas in which the country should take the lead. But as the trade war between the US and China escalated over mutual rounds of punitive tariffs, the plan became the focus of Washington’s ire. The first of three phrases, Made in China 2025 is a ten-year plan: What does the Chinese economy look like? After a meteoric
Why Made in China 2025 triggered the wrath of Trump