Treaties of Tianjin (Tientsin) Signed
Under the threat of an attack on Beijing from British and French forces, the Qing court agreed to sign new treaties with several foreign powers, including the United States.
These new treaties opened more treaty ports to foreign trade and settlement, granted additional trading privileges to foreign merchants, legalized the opium trade, gave missionaries the right to proselytize throughout inland China, and allowed the establishment of permanent diplomatic legations in Beijing.
U.S. Department of State
Type of Exchange:
United States Government
Qing court members, American diplomats
Friday, January 1, 1858
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