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11 examples of China making large-scale knock-offs of world-famous buildings


Jul. 7, 2015, 4:15 PM

Reuters/Paul YeungChinese workers in front of a replica colosseum, built during the reign of the Roman emperors Vespasian and Titus.

China's construction boom has been one of the biggest drivers of economic growth in the past few years.

And although most of that has been original infrastructure, China also focused its attention on building replicas of world-famous tourist destinations.

Many of the original "world wonders" are considered cultural status symbols that reflected an empire's soft power. Consequently, some analysts believe that it's about more than just pretty tourist spots for China.

"The ancient parallels for these copycat projects suggest that they are not mere follies, but monumental assertions of China’s global primacy," Oxford University scholar and archaeologist Jack Carlson wrote a few years back.

A nearly full-scale copy of the Great Sphinx of Giza, which was built by the ancient Egyptians of the Old King…

STRATFOR ANALYSIS : The Greek Vote and the EU Miscalculation

Geopolitical Weekly
JULY 7, 2015 | 08:00 GMT 

By George Friedman

In a result that should surprise no one, the Greeks voted to reject European demands for additional austerity measures as the price for providing funds to allow Greek banks to operate. 

There are three reasons this should have been no surprise. 

First, the ruling Coalition of the Radical Left, or Syriza party, is ruling because it has an understanding of the Greek mood. 

Second, the constant scorn and contempt that the European leadership heaped on the prime minister and finance minister convinced the Greeks not only that the scorn was meant for them as well but also that anyone so despised by the European leadership wasn't all bad. 

Finally, and most important, the European leadership put the Greek voters in a position in which they had nothing to lose. The Greeks were left to choose between two forms of devastation — one that was immediate but possible to recover from, and one that was a longer-term strangulation with no …