A couple of days ago, we mentioned an interesting op-ed piece from the Taipei Times seeking inspiration from Thucydides ... today we have an interesting little item from the Macedonian Press Agency which might be the reason why Taiwan is thinking about Thucydides:

A Greek Studies Program is operating since the beginning of 2004 in the People's Liberation Army of China Foreign Language University with the economic support of the Greek Ministry of Defense.

The initiative belongs to Chinese Hellenist Shiu Khai, also known as the “Greek of Shanghai”, who teaches passionately the Greek language and civilization to the Chinese.

A total of twenty Chinese army officers have enrolled in the Greek Studies Department “Thucydides”. In statements she made to the Melbourne newspaper “Neos Kosmos”, Shiu Khai stressed that the army officers attending the courses are destined to hold top ranking positions in the Chinese army and aspire to visit Greece to practice the language.