December 22, 1915, Yuan Shikai, who was about to enthrone himself, claimed that he would abolish the eunuch institution. Eunuch is an traditional Chinese institution that violating human nature. Many Dynasties suffered from the eunuch. Due to the Ming's experience, the Qing constrained eunuch's power but still not able to abolish it. Regarding the history of eunuchs, you may refer to our research finding: Chang Tsun-wu, "On eunuchs of the Ming Dynasty".
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