Is History in China a focus of study among the locals or do they remain ignorant about the past?
100,000-year-old human skulls from east Asia reveal complex mix of trends in time, space
Two partial archaic human skulls, from the Lingjing site, Xuchang, central China, provide a new window into the biology and populations patterns of the immediate predecessors of modern humans in eastern Eurasia. Ref. Source 7b.
Yes, life in China is very old and for good reason. They produce a tremendous amount of food and there was a time in our past when food and shelter were all that mattered.
Chinese history is long and remarkably not very complex. I mean, it is complex in so much as it is long and there are a few twists and turns in those times. But where it is not complex is that China has been very consistent in its outlook. China has always considered certain areas to be within its sphere of influence, and by always I mean for many thousands of years. They consider Indo-China, Northern India, part of Russia, Mongolia, Tibet, the Korean peninsula, the islands off its coast, and the South China Sea as it's sphere. This is much like our own Monroe Doctrine regarding this hemisphere.
There is evidence of this through time. I'll give two historical points and demonstrate how Chinese thought regarding its sphere hasn't changed no matter the government. In the 1590s Japan invaded Korea. The Chinese told the Japanese as long as they stayed well to the south they could do what they want. When Japan started moving north and approaching the Yalu the Ming Emperor was afraid this might lead to an invasion of China and they sent troops in to Korea. [By The Way], he was correct in his assumption of a possible Japanese invasion. In the 1950s we intervened in the Korean War. China said as long as we didn't approach they Yalu they would stay out of it. When we got close they were afraid we might invade and help Chaing Kai Shek regain power in China and they intervened. Had we studied history we may have seen the parallels, stopped well short of the Yalu, and headed off the 2nd phase of the Korean War.
Strength of tectonic plates may explain shape of the Tibetan Plateau. Geoscientists have long puzzled over the mechanism that created the Tibetan Plateau, but a new study finds that the landform's history may be controlled primarily by the strength of the tectonic plates whose collision prompted its uplift. Given that the region is one of the most seismically active areas in the world, understanding the plateau's geologic history could give scientists insight to modern day earthquake activity. Source 9i.