I’ve been tracking the 1421 affair, mostly because it scares me that some money-hungry fraud is handing the Chinese claims to distant lands…..a recent TV show from Oz shows how Gavin Menzies’ 1421, on how China supposedly discovered the world, is a fabrication. The interesting thing is the claim that the show makes:

Not surprisingly Menzies’ book appeals to Chinese pride. In 2003 Chinese President Hu Jintao, addressing a joint sitting of the Australian Parliament, repeated the claim that the Chinese had discovered and settled Australia three centuries before Captain Cook.

Resources debunking 1421 are here and and here.