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Questions Regarding Past and Present Sino-Russian Cultural Exchange

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Questions Regarding Past and Present Sino-Russian Cultural Exchange  S U Fenglin         Cultural relations remain an important and integral part of international relations. To a certain extent, they influence and form changes in the development of economic and political relations. It is of great importance to look back at the ages-long Sino-Russian cultural exchange and summarize its experience, discover some of the deep causes of many important events in the history of Sino-Russian relations, and most importantly, further strengthen and develop the historical tradition of good neighborly coexistence. Unfortunately, this topic has not attracted due attention for a long time.  The Beginning of Sino-Russian Cultural Exchange  Recent archaeological findings show that cultural links between Russia and China formed much earlier than political and economic relations. Indirect cultural links between them existed from the previous millennium. Already in the tenth century, Central Asian merchants were exporting Chinese silk to Russia. 1  After the thirteenth century, there were more ways for Chinese goods to reach the West. By this time, however, China had had contact with Russia for a long time. But when exactly did the                                                  1  Mikhail Sladkovskii, Istoriia torgovo-ekonomicheskikh otnoshenii narodov Rossii s Kitaem do 1917 g. (Moscow: Izd-vo Nauka, Glav. red. vostochnoi lit-ry, 1974), 43. - 93 -