Excerpt from my Spectator piece on the South China Sea Dispute :- Click here: Hot War in the South China Sea
China has its own momentum. Its confidence may appear to be propelled by new-found wealth, but it began long before the opening up of the economy in the 1980s or even the Maoist revolution of 1949. Indeed, the sense of purpose we are experiencing now reaches all the way back to 221 BC, when the warlord Qin Shi Huang conquered and unified the country, built the Great Wall and standardised currency, education and language to create a global power.
Qin Shi Huang’s tomb near the central city of Xian has become a UNESCO world heritage site. A million visitors a year travel to see the sealed wind-swept mound watched over by the magnificent army of life-size Terracotta Warriors that Qin built to protect his mausoleum.