Raggazi Consulting blog, 31 January 2014
Mario Ragazzi celebrates the new Chinese Year of the Horse with a fascinating story of a diplomatic mission sent by Ahmad Shah Durrani to the court in Beijing in 1762, before the background of Qing expansion in Central Asia. Although the Afghan king sent four splendid horses (see them depicted by an Italian Jesuit for the emporer!), the mission was not fully successful, not least because the Afghan envoy resfused to make the kowtow.
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