Golden ages of China
A Look Back at the Golden Age of Central Asia - Los Angeles Review of Books
Speaking at a 4 December Kennan Institute lecture, Starr described a cultural and intellectual flowering in Central Asia that extended across many fields, making the region "bluntly, the center of the world. Starr noted that the region he was discussing encompasses Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, as well as eastern Iran, western China, and northern Pakistan and India. During the time period under discussion, these lands were home to great empires that were crisscrossed by major trade routes, and produced lasting cultural and intellectual achievements in various fields of the arts and sciences. The region gave rise to many historic figures who greatly influenced the development of mathematics, astronomy, literature, linguistics, political science, religion, and architecture. For example, Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, who was born in what is now Uzbekistan, is known as the founder of algebra and is the namesake of the algorithm. Omar Khayyam, a leading poet, also contributed to mathematics by identifying and solving all forms of cubic equations. Scholars from Central Asia made breakthroughs in astronomy and cartography.
A golden age looms for Asia
The export-led growth model of the past will no longer work for the major Asian economies. Hence, we are unlikely to see a return to double-digit growth. If the major Asian economies, especially China, India and Indonesia, are able to maintain growth rates of around 7 per cent a year, this will be a major achievement.
Coronavirus, Hong Kong and trade war questions shake relationship. Lionel Barber is former editor of the Financial Times and chairman of the Tate art galleries. The mood has since chilled due to China's crackdown in Hong Kong, Huawei Technologies' controversial lead role in the U. President Donald Trump's pressure on allies in Europe and Asia to choose sides in the trade war. The coronavirus pandemic has reinforced these trends, raising awkward questions about China's responsibility as well the U.