A depiction of a battle during China’s war against nomadic northern tribes that lasted nearly 300 years, from Hutchinson’s History of the Nations, published 1915. Photo: Getty Images
A depiction of a battle during China’s war against nomadic northern tribes that lasted nearly 300 years, from Hutchinson’s History of the Nations, published 1915. Photo: Getty Images
Wee Kek Koon
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Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

If Russia-Ukraine conflict seems long already, consider that China’s longest war lasted nearly 300 years

  • It’s been 11 months since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. If that seems long ago, remember the Hundred Years’ War or the 200 years of The Crusades
  • Consider too the conflict that began between China’s Han dynasty and Xiongnu nomads in 200BC. The last of the nomads were not defeated until AD89

A depiction of a battle during China’s war against nomadic northern tribes that lasted nearly 300 years, from Hutchinson’s History of the Nations, published 1915. Photo: Getty Images
A depiction of a battle during China’s war against nomadic northern tribes that lasted nearly 300 years, from Hutchinson’s History of the Nations, published 1915. Photo: Getty Images
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