December 7, 1911, the Qing court allowed the vessels to freely choose to have quere-cutting. Quere-cutting is one of the most symbolic policy in the Manchu rules. It is also the most odd impressions toward Chinese people from the foreign points of view. Thus whether to maintain the quere-cutting policy continue to be mixed with discussions of political reforms. It was until the breaking-up of the 1911 revolution that the Qing court finally made the concessions, but it was all too late. Regarding the issue, you may refer to our Bulletin: Fan Xueqing, "“Queue-Cutting and Dress Reform” and the Frustration of the Late Qing Constitutionalist Movement, 1909-1910".
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