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cannot waste any additional time debating evidence ofthe ET presence. The debate should be about whatdisclosure will mean to Earth and our future in theCosmic Community.
China’s First Global Reach
There is a very valuable historical example in China'spast when it boldly discovered and then engaged theknown world from a position of hegemony based uponits superior technological and intellectual attainments.The principal source for this relevant discourse is theoutstanding research by Gavin Menzies and hiscolleagues. Their two books,
1421: The Year ChinaDiscovered the World
1434: The Year a Magnificent ChineseFleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance
, are asuccessful challenge to theEurocentric history that currentlydominates in most universitycurricula.China's objective was made clear inthe imperial order of the Xuan DeEmperor dated 29 June 1430: "TheNew Reign of Xuan De hascommenced and everything shallbegin anew. But distant lands beyondthe seas have not yet been informed. Isend Eunuchs Zheng He and WangZing Hong with this imperial order toinstruct these countries to follow theway of heaven with reverence andto watch over their people so thatall might enjoy the good fortuneof lasting peace."To facilitate this, Admiral and Ambassador Zheng He presentedforeign rulers with the Xuan Decalendar and with charts andnavigational aids to enable themto return tribute to China.Menzies's research discoveredthat "[i]n the years immediatelythereafter, a dozen countries paidtribute to the emperor, includingan enormous delegation from Egypt".However, there is another reasonable assessment ofChina's strategy and expectations. What Zheng He did ishighly suggestive of an indigenous Native Americanpotlatch ceremony practised by tribes of the PacificNorthwest Coast of Canada and the United States. Thepotlatch was a very important cultural practice whereinthe sponsors of a potlatch gave away many useful items.In return, they earned prestige, enhanced reputation andvalidated rank. Prestige increased with the lavishnessand the value of the goods given away.The gifts of the treasure fleet were incredibly valuable.The Shoushi calendar contained a mass of astronomicaldata running to thousands of observations. This wasrevolutionary knowledge beyond anything the barbarianshad been able to produce. Additionally, the
, apopular encyclopaedia that included vivid descriptionsand illustrations of agricultural machinery, was gifted. Another gift was a pocket encyclopaedia, the
. This was a collection of the most importantmilitary techniques, giving detailed accounts of theconstruction and functions of a vast array of militaryweaponry.In summary, the triune category of gifts opened theworld for new discovery, integration and cooperation. Itgreatly increased the potential of nations to achievemaximum agricultural efficiency, and finally challengednations to consider the consequences when everyonewould have the option for an inventory of the mostadvanced weapons of war.However, there was one gift thatdeserves special attention. This wasthe massive encyclopaedia
, which had been completed in1421. Three thousand scholars hadworked on it for years.It compiled all Chinese knowledgefrom the previous 2,000 years. It cov-ered every subject on the planet,including: geography and cartogra-phy, agriculture, civil and militaryengineering, warfare, health and med-ical care, building and town planning,steel and steel production,ceramics-firing and painting, bio-chemistry including cross-fertili-sation, alcohol production, silk-making and weaving, gunpowder-making, ship construction, codes,cyphers and cryptography.This global model of imperialboldness has no equal. Even theUS Marshall Plan offered toEurope after the end of World WarII, when the US was alone on thetop of the totem pole ofgreatness, does not match it. Andwhile the US is still powerful, its period of imperialismhas entered a cycle of eclipse.
China’s Second Coming:Disclosure’s Opportunities and Challenges
I am ending the evening with an outline of actions thatChina may already be considering in terms of taking alead in formal disclosure of Earth and extraterrestrialcontact. China has consistently opposed theweaponisation of outer space in its official statements,and, along with Russia, has led the initiative to create aninternational treaty banning all weapons in spacethrough negotiations within an ad hoc committee of theConference on Disarmament.
“China hasconsistentlyopposed theweaponisation ofouter space ...and along withRussia, has led theinitiative to createan internationaltreaty banningall weapons inspace ...”