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16 Lectures 12 and 13 Fig. 12-16. Encounters between China and the West. Source: Harper Atlas of World History gold for tea. Missionary activity in China, very strong at the end of the 19 th and early 20 th century, was considered by the Chinese as an extension of confrontation between East and West. The Russo-Japanese war in the early part of the 20 th century made the world aware of the emerging power of Japan, World War II pitted the US as an ally with China against Japan but this alliance split and the Korean and Vietnam con fl icts were tragic for all parties. Throughout the centuries there has been a continuous exchange of plant material, germplasm, and agricultural information. MODERN AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY Globalization has greatly affected innovation in horticultural technology. In the last half of the 20 th century, Asian agriculture has incorporated Western innovations responsible for the mechanical, chemical, and biological revolutions that have characterized modern agriculture. This involves the widespread use of
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