According to their research, the French, German, and Russian languages were also strongly influenced by Chinese culture.
According to a report at the Inquirer on Tuesday, the claim by Chinese scholars at the World Civilization Research Association was first presented at a summit in Beijing last July, but has not been widely discussed with international media until now.
The claim came with a hearty dose of Chinese nationalism, as the group asserted everything Europeans believe about the influence of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome on their language and culture was invented to conceal the much more important influence of China upon the inferior Western civilizations.
Having chugged enough red pills to sweep this false Greco-Roman history from their eyes, the Chinese scholars proceeded to offer some examples of Chinese linguistic influence that seemed like quite a stretch:
There has been some less grandiose scholarship tracking the influence of trade with China upon Western languages, a good deal of it occurring during the 18th Century, when a sort of hybrid English-Chinese language developed at major trading ports.