Two Years in the Forbidden City

Two Years in the Forbidden City

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Two Years in the Forbidden City

Two Years in the Forbidden City

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The author of the following narrative has peculiar qualifications for her task. She is a daughter of Lord Yü Keng, a member of the Manchu White Banner Corps, and one of the most advanced and progressive Chinese officials of his generation. Lord Yü Keng entered the army when very young, and served in the Taiping rebellion and the Formosan war with France, and as Vice Minister of War during the China-Japan war in 1895. Later he was Minister to Japan, which post he quitted in 1898 to become President of the Tsung-li-yamen (Chinese Foreign Office). In 1899 he was appointed Minister to France, where he remained four years. At a period when the Chinese Government was extremely conservative and reactionary, Lord Yü Keng labored indefatigably, for reform. He was instrumental in reorganizing China's postal service on modern lines, but failed in efforts to revise the revenue system and . . .

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