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1. Relations before 1947/1949

Contacts between the Indian and the Chinese cultural regions date back as far as the pre-Christian epoch. Inscriptions in northern India, records by Chinese and Indian travelers, as well as archeological finds of coins and porcelain have time and again provided evidence of this interchange. While trade in the north of the Indian subcontinent took place between local kingdoms along the Silk Roa…

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Wagner, Christian, “India”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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