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Nostradamus — King of Terror
To bring back to life the great King of the Mongols,
PAGE SUMMARY: The news snippets on this page are presented in chronological order, and show a clear linkage between Beijing's interest in Genghis Khan (King of the Mongols), as well as Beijing's secret relationship with the Taliban of Afghanistan.
"Angolmois" has been interpreted on many occasions as an anagram of "Mongols" (The Great King of Mongols was Genghis Khan); Mars is the God of war (and of transformation).
U.S. Department of State
The Mongol invasion, led by Genghis Khan, resulted in the destruction of many cities, including Herat, Ghazni, and Balkh, and the despoliation of fertile agricultural areas. Following Genghis Khan's death in 1227, a succession of petty chieftains and princes struggled for supremacy until late in the 14th century, when one of his descendants, Tamerlane, incorporated Afghanistan into his own vast Asian empire.
Babur, a descendant of Tamerlane and the founder of India's Moghul dynasty at the beginning of the 16th century, made Kabul the capital of an Afghan principality.
U.S. Department of State
Opium is increasingly becoming a source of cash for many Afghans, especially since the breakdown in central authority after the Soviet withdrawal.Opium is easy to cultivate and transport and offers a quick source of income for returning refugees and other impoverished Afghans.Afghanistan is the second largest producer of raw opium in the world, after Burma.In 1993, despite efforts by the U.S. and others to encourage alternative crops, poppy and opium production increased 8% and 7%, respectively, from a year earlier.Much of Afghanistan's opium production is shipped to laboratories in Pakistan and refined into heroin which is either consumed by a growing South Asian addict population or exported, primarily to Europe and North America.
Rediff, February 12, 1999
The diplomatic community in South Asia is puzzled by a military co-operation agreement signed between the Taliban militia in Afghanistan and the People's Republic of China.
Diplomatic sources said the agreement was signed on December 10 and that the agreement was not signed between the two governments but between the Taliban military commanders and representatives of China's People's Liberation Army.
According to the agreement, the PLA has agreed to: i) Repair and maintain equipment captured by the Taliban militia from adversaries.
ii) The PLA would assist in raising and training the Taliban armed forces. Initial, 25,000 troops are to be trained.
iii) The PLA would provide training facilities for the Taliban's air force pilots.
iv) The PLA would provide from its own funds about 10 million US dollars to improve infrastructure for the Taliban armed forces.
v) Initial training and maintenance of equipment are to done at Taxila in Pakistan. In return, the Taliban has given an undertaking that it will not provide any training to Chinese Muslims in China's Xinjiang province and that it will assist the Chinese authorities maintain places of worship and madrasas as in China.
Discovery.com, July 6,
A team of international scholars left the United States today hoping to unlock one of the great secrets of all time: the location of Genghis Khan's tomb.
Led by Chicago lawyerMaury Kravitz and backed by$1.2 million, the group will descend onthe Mongolian steppes to retrace Genghis Khan's life in a month-long expedition thatcould climax with the discovery of the legendary ruler's resting place.
The team would need excellent public relations skills; even if they locate Genghis's grave, the Mongolians would certainly oppose to the idea of disturbing their national icon.
Legend has it that the Khan was buried in 1227 in a mysterious mountain known as Burkhan Khaldun, or Buddha's Cliffs.
Though the legend mentions that the Khan wasburied with forty horses meantto accompany him to the afterlife,Kravitz thinks that the great emperor was also buried with an enormous treasure.After all, he says, not a single artifact from his vast spoils of war has ever emerged in a museum or private collection.
STRATFOR.COM, July 28,
Global Intelligence Update
The Taliban has promised to extradite criminals back to Pakistan and to protect Chinese territory from attack. This diplomatic offensive is born out of a desire to work with China to end the Afghan civil war, rather than face a Russian solution. A peace deal would do two things - hurt relations between China and Russia, and dislocate Afghanistan's terrorist community.
Afghanistan's ruling Taliban government has become uncharacteristically conciliatory over the last week. It promised on July 26 to hand over Pakistani nationals wanted by Islamabad. The same day, the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan guaranteed a Chinese delegation that no groups would be allowed to operate against China from Afghanistan. The Taliban's diplomatic offensive is the clearest signal to date that at least some elements of the Taliban's leadership are willing to work out a Chinese-sponsored peace deal in Afghanistan. Such an arrangement would have two immediate effects -a diplomatic squall between China and Russia and a number of homeless terrorists.
Taliban diplomatic officials sought out a Chinese delegation in Islamabad, Pakistan, on July 25. The fact that the Taliban went to the Chinese, instead of the Russians, indicates how badly some factions of the Taliban want China to take the lead in ending the Afghan civil war. Russia has an interest in keeping Central Asia unstable, ensuring that its former republics continue in their dependence upon Russian military support.
China is concerned about Afghan support for Islamic militants in the western province of Xinjiang, but that is a much less pressing problem than Chechnya. Instead, the Chinese government is working with Pakistan and Iran to bring a negotiated settlement. Besides ending the war, China wants to cement its relationship with Iran.
Beyond the dispute over methodology, Moscow and Beijing disagree about regional primacy - who will call the shots in Central Asia. If Russia controls the Afghan situation, it sets the agenda for the region - fighting Islamic militants. Steady fighting will hamstring economic development for the region, but Russia would remain in the driver's seat. China's plans are based on economic links between Central Asia and Iran, Pakistan and China.
Much of the Taliban leadership would rather make a deal with the Chinese than get bombed by the Russians, which explains this week's entreaties. A final agreement would likely leave a portion of Afghanistan under the control of the opposition Northern Alliance.
Peace in Afghanistan boils down to a contest of wills between Asia's two great powers, and the ball is in Russia's court. One bombing run can undo any hope of an agreement and will sink relations between Beijing and Moscow. Ultimately, Russia can't afford to let China gain an economic hold on Central Asia, and it will take the necessary steps to stop that from happening.
People's Daily, September
Chinese archeologists in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region recently discovered what they believe is the tomb of Genghis Khan, who founded ancient Mongolia and whose grandson Kublai Khan established the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).
The tomb is located in Qinghe County in northern Xinjiang. For years archeologists have theorized the body of Genghis Khan was buried at a place in Mount. Altay. The tomb is flanked by two lakes, which are connected with a man-made canal.
"This is the real tomb of Genghis Khan. The tomb at the Gandeli steppe in southwestern Inner Mongolia was not the burial ground of this ancient Mongol ruler," said Zhang Hui, a research fellow at the Xinjiang Museum.
The Sydney Morning Herald,
September 18, 2000
In a gesture destined to outrage its northern neighbor, China has laid claim to the long lost tomb of Genghis Khan - founder of the once great Mongolian empire.
Chinese archaeologists say they have discovered the tomb in the far western region of Xinjiang.
"This is the real tomb of Genghis Khan," said Zhang Hui, a research fellow at the Xinjiang Museum.
The tomb is said to be in the Altai mountains in Qinghe County, northern Xinjiang, a Muslim-dominated area of China frequently affected by separatist tensions. The site is near the China-Mongolia border.
Mongolians claim their founder was eventually buried thousands of kilometres away in the Khentii mountain range, north-east of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar.
CNN.COM, August 17, 2001
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia -- An American-Mongolian expedition believes it may have uncovered the burial ground of legendary conqueror Genghis Khan.
The New York Times reports the expedition has uncovered a walled burial ground some 200 miles northeast of the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator.
According to legend, all those in attendance at the funeral of Genghis Khan in 1227 were killed to preserve the secrecy of the tomb site.
The site has remained a mystery ever since.
The expedition has found a stone wall between 9 feet and 12 feet high, and 2 miles around. The wall encloses at least 20 unopened tombs near the top of the hill.
"It is a very intriguing discovery because of the site's proximity to places important in Genghis' life,'' the NY Times quotes Dr. John Woods, a history professor at Chicago and the expedition's academic director, as saying in a telephone interview.
The expedition has yet to receive permission to excavate any of the stone-bordered graves.
The NY Times says the Genghis Khan Geo-Historical Expedition failed to find anything of significance in its first sortie last year.
But under the guidance of Mongolian geographer Dr. D. Bazargur it has found the mysterious burial ground.
Bazargur has prepared an authoritative atlas of the places in Genghis Khan's life.
After several days of study, the newspaper quotes Dr. Woods as saying, "Bazargur declared outright, 'These are the tombs we have been looking for.'"
CBS, August 17, 2001
A Chicago attorney who is leading an expedition to find the tomb of Genghis Khan says members have discovered at least 60 unopened tombs near where the Mongolian warlord is believed to have been proclaimed emperor in the 13th century.
The discovery was announced Thursday during a press conference at the University of Chicago.
Of the 60 unopened tombs, 20 were found at an elevation about 600-feet above another 40 or so more in a lower area. The walled burial ground is near the town of Batshireet, about 200 miles northeast of Ulan Bator, the Mongolian capital.
The tombs are encircled by a two-mile stone wall that is as high as 12 feet in some areas.
"My considered opinion is that we are very, very close to the tomb of Genghis Khan," said Kravitz, who left the two-month expedition before the tombs were found because he wasn't feeling well.
It's not clear how old the cemetery is, but pottery shards found there may predate Genghis Khan, who was named Temujin when he was born in the 1160s.
AFP, August 21, 2001
The discovery of what could be Genghis Khan's tomb north of Ulan Bator has reignited the battle between Mongolia and China for the legacy of the marauding warrior.
Chinese experts remain sceptical about the announcement last week by John Woods, a history professor at Chicago University, that Genghis's tomb may have been found 320 km northeast of the Mongolian capital.
"No tomb belonging to a Khan (Mongol noble) has been found up to now because these burials took place in the utmost secrecy," said Luo Xinyou, a professor at the Institute of Minorities at China's Academy of Social Science (CASS).
Washington Post, September
BEIJING, Sept. 14 -- China's censors have moved to stem anti-American statements and expressions of support for terrorism against the United States that have been posted on government-monitored Internet sites here since Tuesday's attacks in New York and Washington, Chinese sources said today.
Chinese scholars who had expressed dismay at what they termed the callous reaction of some Chinese to the tragedy unfolding in the United States said some of the most offensive statements had been removed from the Internet. "It's improved a lot," said Shi Yinhong, head of the international relations department at People's University. "The debate on those sites has become pretty civilized again."
A Pakistani newspaper, the Frontier Post, and a state-run newspaper in Afghanistan reported Tuesday that an agreement had been signed between China and the Taliban minister of mines. Diplomats and analysts said the agreement was significant because it underscored attempts by China to strengthen ties to the Taliban.
AFP, September 16, 2001
TAIPEI -- Taiwan fears critical support from the United States may weaken as Washington seeks rival Beijing's backing to eradicate global terrorism in the wake of last week's attacks, analysts say.
Following the killer attacks last Tuesday, the US administration may prioritize fighting terrorism over containing China, which is determined to reunite with Taiwan, by force if necessary, they added.
China's President Jiang Zemin lost no time in voicing his condolences to the United States after the terror strikes in New York and Washington in which an estimated 5,000 people are believed to have been killed.
China's Vice Premier Qian Qichen also told US Secretary of State Colin Powell in a telephone call that the fight against terrorism "needs the cooperation of the international community."
Analysts in Taiwan said the Chinese leaders were sending a veiled signal to Washington that President George W. Bush needed to adjust his country's China policy -- including the thorny Taiwan issue -- if he hoped to get Beijing's cooperation to fight terrorism.
"After the attacks, the Bush administration will have to adjust its diplomacy," said Chang Lin-cheng, professor of political science at National Taiwan University.
"And Bush will have to obtain the cooperation of major countries, including China, if he hopes to ensure the imminent crackdowns on terrorists be successful," she said.
September 17, 2001
September 17, 2001
BEIJING -- A top Chinese police official cautioned Monday against fighting terrorism with armed attacks that infringe on any country's sovereignty, saying such operations could ultimately make matters worse.
``We are opposed to the disregard of principles of international law in launching armed operations or violence under the pretext of `anti-terrorism' which infringe on the state sovereignty of others,'' said Xue Dongzheng of China's Public Security Ministry.
``This could only aggravate terrorism and violence,'' Xue said, according to an official translation of his speech. ``We also maintain that the fight against international terrorism should be based on international law as globally recognized.''
The United Nations does not have a enviable record (in any at all) when it comes to reducing or eliminated international terrorism.However, if China is successful in forcing this whole issue before the U.N. terrorists will kill thousands more Americans before the U.N. leadership can work up a mutually agreeable speaking schedule that will not offend anybody's sensibilities.
While China smiles at us they will turn on the American media and the Bush administration, using the same vicious hate-mongering effectiveness they've used to crush the peaceful Falun Gong movement.We will not see it, but the rest of the world will and it will create tensions as America works to build a cohesive coalition of states committed to ending international terrorism.
The Times Of India, September
BEIJING: China has termed as "false" US media reports alleging that Beijing has had business and technical links with the ruling Taliban in Afghanistan, which is sheltering terrorist mastermind, Osama bin Laden.
"Reports in some US newspapers of connections between China and the ruling Taliban regime in Afghanistan are false," the official Xinhua news agency quoted Chinese Foriegn Ministry Spokesman Zhu Bangzao as saying on Saturday.
Zhu was clarifying reports in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal which claimed China has very close ties with the Taliban with Beijing sending its diplomats to Kabul on a regular basis, and offering consultation service on matters such as dam construction.
Seeking to distance itself from the Taliban, Zhu said the reports were "at serious variance with the facts." He pointed out that due to safety consideration, China shut down its embassy to Afghanistan in February 1993 after civil war broke out in Afghanistan.
"China has never sent resident personnel there since then," Zhu said, describing the report of the regular dispatch of diplomats as "groundless."
He also described the reports on China's involvement in the construction of dam and telephone network, as well as the memorandum signed with the Taliban as "absurd."
Please note, the prophecies of Nostrdamus were written in French language as it was used in that day. As with all languages, words and phrases take on new meanings as time passes an interpretations can and will vary. For the sake of consistency, the English translations were taken from a Russian web site. This is because the Russians share a closer cultural history with the French, and a deep respect for the language. There was a long period of time in Russia, when the nobility preferred the French language over their own.