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Xue Fucheng

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Xue Fucheng or Hsieh Fucheng (12 April 1838 – 21 July 1894) was a Chinese diplomat of the Qing dynasty in the late 19th century. Born in Wuxi, Jiangsu to a literati family. Late Qing dynasty writer/essayist, diplomat to England, France, Belgium, Italy, and one of the leaders and advocate for modernization and adoption of Western technology as well as proponent for the development of capitalist industries in China during the late 19th century. Eschewing the traditional literati pursuits of writing poetry and calligraphy, Xue proposed that the government should promote pragmatism application of new technology and knowledge in strengthening China. Xue was a prolific writer – his works included: Essays from a Commonplace Hut (庸庵文編), More Essays from a Commonplace Hut (續編), Essays from Across the Ocean (庸庵海外文編), Diplomatic Journal from 4 Countries (出使四國日記), Notes from a Commonplace Hut (庸庵筆記), Preliminary proposals concerning Western Affairs (籌洋芻議), Diplomatic Memorials to the Throne (出使
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