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* If the Grand Minister Resident of Xining [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (an official position that originated in 1725) had not drawn the territorial boundaries of present-day Qinghai in 1731, the region commonly known today as Qinghai would possibly not even exist.
Local powers even initiated some important changes at the level of the central government: One convincing example is the appearance of the new Lifanyuan [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] branch--that of the Grand Minister Resident of Xining.
From them it passed through a succession of private owners, ending with Lord Moyne, of the Guinness family, who was MP for Bury St Edmunds from 1907 to 1931 and subsequently British minister resident in the Middle East, and who was assassinated in Cairo in 1944.

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