Aug 01, 2022
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In 1876, Ryukyu paid tribute to the Qing Dynasty once every two years, but Japan blocked the tributary traffic and prevented Ryukyu from paying tribute ("Tribute Blocking Incident"). Shang Tai sent Shang Dehong and others secretly to the Qing Dynasty to make a petition. Shang Dehong and others arrived in Fuzhou in April 1877, but He Jing, the governor of Fujian and Zhejiang, and Ding Richang, the governor of Fujian, were very passive and did not report the matter to Beijing until June. The memorial notes that "now the barren people in Ryukyu are greedy and whatsapp database isolated on an island. This is not a place where frontier fortresses are important; there is no benefit of defending the frontiers, but there are worries about the provocation of neighboring countries." , if they do not agree, "I am afraid that the countries of Thailand and the West will say that I cannot shelter my dependent states." They suggested that the first Minister to Japan, He Ruzhang, who is about to take office in Japan, can negotiate with Japan. The Beiyang Minister Li Hongzhang held a similar view, and he also rejected Shang Dehong's request to see him. He and Ding asked Shang Dehong and others to return to China immediately, but Shang Dehong refused to obey the order and stayed in Fuzhou and continued to plead. It took more than a year for He Ruzhang to take office in Japan in November 1877. In current terms, He Ruzhang is a "Wolf Warrior Diplomacy". He met with the Ryukyu emissary Ma Jiancai on the day he arrived in Kobe in December. Since then, his attitude has been quite positive, and he has continued to push Li Hongzhang to respond positively. He proposed three strategies: upper, middle and lower. The upper strategy suggested to send troops to Ryukyu, "to send the troops to Ryukyu and ask them to pay tribute." In the report, he believes that "Japanese people are ruthless and unjust, like mad dogs, like rogues", and his strong prejudice against Japan is beyond words.