The long and complex history of China’s discovery of the West is
marked by a high resistance of the ‘public mind’ against the
penetration not only of ideas from the West, but also of ideas and news
about the West.1 At least since the first Jesuits came to the Chinese court,
a good deal of information about the West has been made available, but
within the broad and tightly knit network of information channels, it
seems to have been digested into virtual obliteration.