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In Beijing, Imperial China sets up its first office of foreign affairs

China, 1857, zoomable map
11/11/1861
Imperial China, struggling with an internal revolt by anti-foreign elements and also coming to terms with defeat by British and French forces, established the Zongli Yamen, or Office for the Management of Business of All Foreign Countries, in the capital.  A forerunner of the modern Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it set up foreign language schools and began enquiries into the international diplomatic methods of Western nations.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
John S. Bowman, ed., Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000), 55. 

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