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China seeks to search for Silk Route wrecks off Sri Lanka coast

Authorities in China are seeking permission to search for ancient Chinese shipwrecks off the coast of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka, an Indian Ocean island, was a key trading post along the ancient Silk Route which saw silk, spices and handicrafts travel by road and sea between Asia and Europe.

The seas around the island’s southern port of Galle are known to have at least 75 ancient ship wrecks, of which 25 have been well documented.

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Story: AFP | Photo: AFP

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