The Chinese Nostradamus

Artist's depiction of Liu Ji (aka Liu Bowen)

By JOHN CHAMBERS — This year [2011] is the 700th anniversary of the birth of Liu Ji (1311-1375), military commander of Chinese forces both on land and on sea and long-time advisor to the first Ming emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, whom he helped bring to power. Liu Ji, who eventually became grand chancellor at the imperial court, was a man of protean interests and the author or co-author of books on warfare including comprehensive treatises on the use of gunpowder in firearms (Huolongjing), and, in … [Read more...]

Engineering World War III

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By ADRIAN SALBUCHI— In today’s increasingly interdependent and interactive world, every action has a myriad of causes, meanings, objectives and reactions; many visible, many invisible. Some, openly admitted and declared; others no one would dare confess. When trying to come to grips with the many complex conflicts going on in the world and the dizzying pace at which they transpire, it would be a mistake to approach them in isolation. Only a “holistic” bird’s eye view gives us the picture of … [Read more...]

Did Chinese Mariners Land on Australian Shores Before Europeans?


BY DAN BYRNES — Gavin Menzies, the former British submariner, and author of 1421: The Year That China Discovered The World1 is visiting Warrnambool (located in the Australian state of Victoria) in September this year [2005] to test his startling theory against a resolution of the mystery of the Mahogany Ship. A fascinating contest between maritime mystery theories is now being proposed. Since he published, Menzies has maintained a website ( to present evidence he believes … [Read more...]