Order of the Double Dragon, Type I, III Class, (I Grade)
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This Order was instituted by Emperor Kuangsi in recognition of exceptional service to the throne and the Qing court. Originally, it was only awarded to foreigners, but in 1908 it was expanded to include Chinese citizens as well.
The III Class, I Grade was conferred upon II and III rank Counselors, lower ranked Military Officers, and members of Consul-General envoys.
The Republic of China replaced the Imperial Orders following its establishment in 1912.
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