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Yuk Lin Liu

Yuk Lin Liu

Chinese Name: 刘玉麟/劉玉麟

From:Xiang Shan, Guangdong Province

Class Year:1881

Phillips Academy Department:English

Scholarship: Chinese Educational Mission (1872-1881)

Career: diplomat (more info here)

Came to US in 1875 at the age of 13 with the 4th group of China Educational Mission Students.

was interpreter at the Chinese consulate in New York

Also served in Washington, Singapore, London, Charge d' Affairs at Brussels.

(date unknown) Tutor to family of Viceroy Li Hongzhang 李鸿章 ;

1882 Translator at Chinese Consulate in New York; 1884 transferred to Chinese Legation in Washington

1885 Acting Consul General at Straits Settlement;

1887 Vice-Consul in New York City (Plain Dealer, 1887.10.7, p. 1);

1889 Translator and attache at Chinese Legation, Washington (Foreign Legations in the United States, Congressional Directory, 1889.12.5, p. 178);

1895 Spring: Secretary at Chinese Consulate, Singapore; 

1897 January - 1899 May: Acting Consul General, then Consul General in Singapore, with concurrent responsibility for Penang, Malacca and nearby islands2;

1897 Secretary to Chinese Minister in London for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, after which he travelled with the embassy to Europe and America (Straits Times, 1899.8.30);

1900 Secretary at Chinese Legation in London

1902 Chargé d’Affaires in Brussels

1904 November - 1907 September: first Chinese Consul General in South Africa; post established September 1904 following Anglo-Chinese contract labor agreement;

1907 Appointed head of committee conducting the opium investigation in Peking (New York Times, 20 Dec. 1907, p.3);

1909 Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs

1909 Together with Tong Kwo On (Tang Guoan 唐国安 IV, 91), Liu represented China at the International Opium Commission held February 1-26 in Shanghai;

1910 Aug. 31 appointed 1 of the 3 plenipotentiary representatives of China to the International Opium Conference to be held at The Hague in May, 1911 (1911.3.3 Papers Relating to the Foreign Affairs of the United States: China, p. 325);

1910 September appointed Minister to Great Britain; assumed post in December;
At an unknown date after the Qing regime ended, he was appointed Minister of The Republic of China to London until 1914, when Liu retired from diplomatic service;

1912 Aug. 30: "His Excellency Lew Yuk Lin, the Chinese Minister to the Court of St. James in London duly authorized and acting for and on behalf of the Republic of China" signed a £10 million gold loan from C. Birch Crisp & Co. of London, on behalf of the Chinese Government.

1917-1923 High Adviser to Canton Military Government; salt commissioner for Kwangtung and Kwangsi [The China Year Book, Part 2 (Shanghai: North China Daily News & Herald, 1928) p. 1145]