Chinese-Byzantine Relations During the Tang Dynasty
Beijing University, China
Throughout the period of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Western Asia and Europe, as well as the lands of the Middle East, were in constant interaction. The role of primary mediator belonged to Byzantium. Through its cleverly conducted diplomacy, Byzantium became a bridge between the East and West and had considerable influence in mediating bilateral ties. In practice, the conquest of the Byzantine Empire was often accompanied by sending religious missions, and thereby the central Byzantium government was able to increase its tangible influence on its political vassal countries. In that period, we can talk about diplomacy in the modern sense of the word. The Empire of the Romans always remained faithful to the Roman principle: Pacta servanda sunt! (Contracts must be fulfilled!). Towards the barbaric world, Byzantine diplomacy was carried out in several directions: searching for military allies or proselytes of the Byzantine cause, providing business contacts, maintaining pro-Byzantium groups in strategically important areas, and clearing the roads of Christian preaching.
The statement of research shows that contacts between China and Byzantium during this time (Seventh – Tenth Centuries) are not the result of a hoax.
Tang China, Byzantine Empire, Byzantine coins