Did the Chinese or Marco Polo discover America First?

Lessons for Asian Regional Security Today.

Did the Chinese discover America (2640BC - 2200BC) or did Marco Polo (1271AD - 1295AD)? Marco Polo used Chinese Maritime Maps from the Yuan Dynasty dating back to the 13th Century. Original Chinese Maps were much earlier. A world map published during the Chinese Ming Dynasty in 1418 also suggests that the famous Chinese Admiral Zheng He (a Muslim) and his mariners had not only sailed in the Indian Ocean but had also circumnavigated the earth.

The Chinese Classic "Shan Hai Jing" or “Mountains and Sea Classis”, written 2200 BC, reported expeditions to the ends of the earth including "Fu Sang" or “Prosperity Mountains”, refers to a beautiful land to the east of China. Evidence has been found of wrecked Chinese junks in Florida, South Carolina, New York and Canada. An archaeological site in Nova Scotia at Cape Dauphin found by Canadian architect Paul Chiasson also indicated an early Chinese settlement. Numerous evidence exists of Chinese visits to America pre-Columbus.

Implications for Asian Regional Security – Learning from History
Chinese are not colonisers.  And Native Americans DNA are not from East Asia, according to a newly sequenced genome, one-third of Native American genes come from west Eurasian people linked to the Middle East and Europe instead of East Asia ie China.

Clearly, the Chinese came to America as far back as the 2200BC, and again in circa 1491AD. They came, they traded, they did not conquer and they left.

Despite being a Maritime Power from the 13th Century, China has never colonised any territories overseas unlike Britain, US and other European countries. Britiain projected her maritime powers to India towards East and South East Asia to build a British Empire that lasted more than 500 years from 1496-1997. The Dutch, German, Portuguese and Spanish also followed.

Japanese colonization adventures began later (1938-1945) under its “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” ideology of brutality, ethnic cleansing, rape and torture began in China.

If the Chinese had colonized America from 2200BC, what would America be liked today? They would have co-existed with Native Americans instead of killing most of them and drive them from their legacy ancestral lands. Later European arrivals would have simply settled down at their choice townships and co-exist.  African labour would have been imported to work on the lucrative cotton plantations but not as slave labour but as cheap foreign labour.  Politically, America as a Chinese colony would united under a Federation of “many systems, one China”.  And today, Chinese American would have none of the racial and class divides amidst fractious power elites that we currently witness.  A political fantasy, no less.  Because the Chinese never has, and never will have, expansionist ambitions.  Even today in Asia.  

The Chinese and Diaoyu Islands
Like many Japanese who revised history by denying neither Pearl Harbour nor the Nanjing Massacre actually happened, many "experts" chose not to attribute Diaoyu ownership to China. It was on Chinese Maritime Charts in early 13th century; but conspicuously absent on both the 1783 Japanese Maritime Charts and 1876 Official Imperial Japan Map. Japan occupied Diaoyu in 1895 after the 1st Sino-Japanese War, making it part of Okinawa. In 1900, Japan renamed it to Senkaku. In 1951, US appointed Japan to help administer Diaoyu; and in 1971, the US made Japan the Official Administrator of Diaoyu. This would not be necessary if Diaoyu actually belonged to Japan.

The resolution of Diaoyu island is key to regional security in ASEAN and the Western Pacific. US credibility is at critical stake unless the America returns Diaoyu to its rightful owner, China. The US should accept that China is not an expansionist power and honour its own terms for Japanese WW2 surrender regarding the return of all non-Japanese territories seized and occupied by Japan. It is difficult to foresee any credible role for the US in Asia Pacific, or the whole world, unless her impugned integrity and shameless injustice over Diaoyu is reversed.

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Anonymous said...

thousands of years before the birth of marco polo and even before the birth of chinese civilization, thousands of asians have already crossed into america, settled there and began civilizations there. the word 'discover' should not really be used.

Anonymous said...

Lee Kuan Yew discovered America.
He is the Founding Father of America.
Actually hor.
Lee Kuan Yew is the Founding Father of the human race.
Lee Kuan Yew also discovered fire and introduced it to the human race.

Anonymous said...

According to some leeligions... god

But leemember.. they not leefering to the old fart nor the holee trileety

I trulee sorrlee, I forsaken papigs

b said...

Power can change the way history is written. Long before marco set sail to america, the red indians were already thriving in america aka maya. Marco did not discover america, he was probably and merely the first european to land on america soil. Btw, red indians are very much like asians.

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Anonymous said...

Wow! I just learnt a part of missing history that LKY discovered America, fire and the human race.

Did he invent the wheel, built the first airplane or was the first man on the moon?

God really works in mysterious ways!

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Anonymous said...

What are you trying to say?

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Anonymous said...

Does it matters who discover/found anything? Whatever discovered and found were there where they were/are in the first place.


For honesty sake, just say came across as in a chance encounter.
No one found anything and nothing
that exists needs to be found.