Summarize the points made in the lecture, being sure to explain how they cast doubt on the specific points made on the reding passage

The article introduces the topic of reliability of The Travels book of Marco Polos. More specifically, the author discusses the truth of the book stories. The lecturer in the listening passage disagrees. He believes that the publication is a source of historical data for the period. There are some inconsistencies due to the fact that the book was written 20 years after he traveled. First, the article points out that those relations with Kubai Khan, the ruler of the Mongolian Empire, are questionable. Marco Polo as a foreigner could not take a post of governor. The lecturer says, that there is a wrong translation of words in English books, that’s why there is no mention of Marco Polo in China and Mongolian books. Second, the author of the article is highly skeptical that Marco Polo was in China because there is no mention of the Great Wall of China in his novel. The lecturer explains this by the fact that the Great Wall was finished 50 years after Marco Polo had visited China. At last, the author also claims that there were no Italian trading centers in China or Mongolia library. It is obvious that Marco Polo could take information from library books. The lecturer is doubtful that this is accurate. There were no mentions, that Marco Polo had ever been to libraries. In addition, Marco Polo in his essay says about a church that was later found by archeologists. In conclusion, the writer and the professor have different views on the problem.
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