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Have read it carefully. None of the items does damage to the fundamental interest of our country. Endorsed.

The things that makes this quotation historically important is how fast Cixi was adopting modern technology as a tool to manage the government and how she was managing day to day the significant international negotiations taking place on the other side of the earth. While in most areas Chinese bureaucracy was notorious for obstructionism and delay, Cixi maintained direct and almost real time control of the parts of the government that she felt most important. She resembled Abraham Lincoln in the sense that they both found innovative ways to use new technology to enable them to better and more directly manage and control the government.

Cixi, 1835–1908, Empress Dowager of China, International Cable to her emissary Earl Li negotiating a treaty in France, May 9, 1884

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