Why do we call the country of China 'China'? It is not the name used by the Chinese people themselves. In fact there are a number of names used in the 'Middle Kingdom' that reflect the country's rich cultural and historic heritage.
A flash point in China's relations with foreign powers was at Tianjin in 1870. A group of French nuns thought they were doing good by offering money for starving children so they could be adequately cared for. The locals believed the foreign devils were using the children for witchcraft and 20 people were killed when the local Chinese stormed the compound of the 'Sisters of Mercy'. Similar attacks took place in the Boxer Rebellion thirty years later. Read More
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