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What an ancient horse breed tells us about the ‘Chinese dream’

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What an ancient horse breed tells us about the ‘Chinese dream’

An ancient breed of Asian horses that has long been the stuff of legend is gradually coming back to life in China, thanks to a billionaire’s persistence. Chen Zhifeng, founder and chairman of Yema Trading Group in Urumqi, has spent 2 billion yuan (US$312.2 million) since 2009 buying and breeding Akhal-teke horses, a national breed from Turkmenistan that dates back to prehistoric times. Chen has boasted that he owns the world’s largest collection of Akhal-teke horses – called...

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An ancient breed of Asian horses that has long been the stuff of legend is gradually coming back to life in China, thanks to a billionaire’s persistence. Chen Zhifeng, founder and chairman of Yema Trading Group in Urumqi, has spent 2 billion yuan (US$312.2 million) since 2009 buying and breeding Akhal-teke horses, a national breed from Turkmenistan that dates back to prehistoric times. Chen has boasted that he owns the world’s largest collection of Akhal-teke horses – called...Whatancienthorsebreedtellsabout‘Chinesedream’