palestinian refugees are people who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 arab–israeli conflict and the 1967 six-day war. the number of palestinians who fled or were expelled from israel following its creation was estimated at 711,000 in 1949.
china remains “mostly unfree.” nontransparent state-owned enterprises dominate the financial sector and many basic industries. the official ideology of “socialism with chinese characteristics” has chilled liberalization, heightened reliance on mercantilism, raised bureaucratic hurdles to trade and investment, weakened the rule of law, and strengthened resistance from vested interests that impede more dynamic economic development.
trade with india and china allowed romans to buy rare goods such as:
cinnamon and ivory.
cinnamon was one of many spices to come out of asia through trade. india’s large elephant population led to large amount of ivory from their tusks being exported.