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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, a 17th-18th century German polymath who made significant contributions in many areas of physics, logic, history, librarianship, and studied numerous aspects of Chinese culture

A Sinophile (from sino- meaning "Chinese" [originating through Persian and Sanskrit from Late Latin Sinæ] and -philos meaning "loving" [from Greek ϕίλος])[1] is a person who demonstrates a strong interest and love for Chinese culture or its people.[2] It is also commonly used to describe those knowledgeable of Chinese history and culture (such as scholars and students), non-native Chinese language speakers, pro-Chinese politicians, and people perceived as having a strong interest in any of the above.


  • Typical interests of Sinophiles 1
  • Notable Sinophiles 2
    •  Albania 2.1
    •  Australia 2.2
    •  Canada 2.3
    •  Germany 2.4
    •  Italy 2.5
    •  Russia 2.6
    •  Sweden 2.7
    •  United Kingdom 2.8
    •  United States 2.9
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Typical interests of Sinophiles

Notable Sinophiles






  • Marco Polo (馬可·波羅), Venetian merchant and traveler; wrote about his travels in Yuan China and became an imperial official.
  • Matteo Ricci (利瑪竇 or 利玛窦), Jesuit priest who spent decades in the imperial court of the Ming.



 United Kingdom

 United States

See also


  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary
  2. ^ The Free
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  6. ^ Winchester, Simon. (2008). The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom.. New York: HarperCollins. 13-ISBN 978-0-06-088459-8
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