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Xiang Lanxin is a Professor of International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva. Professor Xiang obtained his PhD at The Johns Hopkins University.
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- The fire put an end to the typically bustling business activities in downtown Beijing. But its psychological impact was much stronger than the financial losses. It left the Beijing residents in a constant state of terror and fear...Most missionary properties, residences of the foreign teachers at the Imperial University and the Eastern and the Southern Cathedrals were reduced to aches. Many Chinese priests and christian converts perished together in the roaring flames.