I couldn’t agree more and the decision to close-up-shop if I can say that was taken by the mandarins, the scribes and intellectuals of the Empire, by the learned elite. And Zheng He had the chance of dying when coming back from his last voyage and was buried in the sea, though that was not entirely positive since as a eunuch he should have been reunited with his missing parts. Zheng HJe was brought out of oblivion some 40 or 50 years ago with an international conference in Singapore and an initiative of Deng Xiao Ping at the time.

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Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, PhD in Germanic Linguistics (University Lille III) and ESP Teaching (University Bordeaux II) has been teaching all types of ESP

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