It was Dowager Empress Cixi who called the Imperial eunuchs 'rats and foxes'; 'fawning sycophants' and 'artful minions'. The power of the eunuchs in the last years of Imperial China blocked any reform that threatened their own position. For centuries you needed to bribe a eunuch in order to get an audience with the Emperor. Read More
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