October 28, 1876, the Zongli yamen formulated the regulations of embassy. This is the starting point for China to have embassies in foreign countries. China's diplomatic history comes to a new era. Embassies played active roles in negotiation, overseas Chinese affairs, and information collections. About the messages back and forth between Beijing and embassies, you may refer to our compiled materials: Diplomatic correspondence of the Qing Dynasty.
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