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Background Prologue

In 1905, the Qing Empire was on the verge of collapsing. In order to pacify the political turmoil at home, the Qing government plans to reform politics. In the name of creating China's first Constitution, five high-rank officers, Zaize 載澤, DAI Hongci 戴鴻慈, XU Shichang 徐世昌, Duangfang 端方 and Shaoying 紹英 were sent to Japan and the West to survey their constitutional politics. Upon hearing the news, WU Yue, a revolutionary, fearing that constitutional monarchism would kill off true democracy, decided to stop the change. He bomb attacked the five officers in Zhengyangmen East Railway Station and he was killed.

The "Diplomatic Credential Presented to the Great British Empire" and "Diplomatic Credential Presented to the Great French Republic", collected by the National Palace Museum, were Diplomatic Credentials prepared for these diplomatic missions.Because of Wu's opposition, they remained in Forbidden City and then went to Taiwan.They witnessed the decline of constitutional monarchism and the rise of democracy in China.

Diplomatic Credential Presented by the Great Qing Empire's Overseas Survey Envoy to the Great British Empire
(Diplomatic Credential Presented by the Great Qing Empire to the Great British Empire)

Diplomatic Credential, Length:34.5 cm, Width:269 cm

Storage Box, Length:34.5 cm, Width:23 cm, Tall:2.5 cm

故閣000059, Collected by the National Palace Museum

Diplomatic Credential Presented by the Great Qing Empire to the Great British Empire (New Window)
Storage Box (New Window)

Diplomatic Credential Presented by the Great Qing Empire's Overseas Survey Envoy to the Great French Republic
(Diplomatic Credential Presented by the Great Qing Empire to the Great French Republic)

Diplomatic Credential, Length:34.5 cm, Width:269 cm

Storage Box, Length:34.5 cm, Width:23 cm, Tall:2.5 cm

故閣000060, Collected by the National Palace Museum

Diplomatic Credential Presented by the Great Qing Empire to the Great French Republic(New Window)
Storage Box (New Window)

Concerning the Incident at the Beijing Railway Station. We have found and killed the culprit on the spot. Here's the report of our investigation

From: Associate investigators, Natong et al., Grand Secretariat, Minister of Foreign Affairs, General Leader of Infantry, Public Works Supervisor of the Qing Empire

The 31st Year, 8th Month and 9th Day of Guangxu Reign of Great Qing Empire

9 Folds, Length: 22 cm, Width: 9.5 cm

故宮138073, Collected by the National Palace Museum

We provide the Qing Diplomatic Credentials and an Introduction to the Exhibition Artifacts (New Window)
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