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Under Coinage, "End of the 18th Century" it mentions silver coinage: "as silver coinage was unknown in China during the 18th and early 19th century (with the exception of Xinjiang province)."
For the record, Xinjiang was not "a province" until 1884. In prior times, this area had various names and governments, as either an empire in itself, or as a protectorate of some other empire (Chinese or non-Chinese). — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 23:39, 27 February 2012 (UTC)
The word "China" is used constantly in this article during the periods of the Qing Empire, yet this imperial system was not "China" but a Manchu dynasty which was built with the Chinese provinces at its center and using much of the Chinese bureaucracy. This can be misleading, particularly when modern states try to assert claims based on historical events. Although being the "ruler of all under heaven" was the role Qian Long fulfilled, he was also first and foremost a Manchu (which he specifically distinguished from being Chinese) not just "China" or "Chinese".