Imperial Commissioner (China)
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Imperial Commissioner (Chinese: 欽差大臣) was a high-ranking government official or military general commissioned by the emperor of China during the late Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties. His power was just below that of the emperor, such that he could command viceroys and provincial governors by imperial edict.
Manage aid and unite local government in response to large-scale natural disasters.
List of Imperial Commissioners (middle and late Ming dynasty)
Imperial Commissioners received a sword of office from the emperor.
1564 Yan Song
List of Imperial Commissioners (late Qing)
1852 Ye Mingchen
1852 Xiang Rong
1860 Yixin, Prince Gong
1871 Shen Baozhen
1875 Zuo Zongtang
1885 Zuo Zongtang
1895 Li Hongzhang
1896 Li Hongzhang
1911 Zhao Erxun
1911 Yuan Shikai