Essay 1: The Negotiation Table

These chairs are the authentic chairs on which Li Hung-chang () and Ito Hirobumi () sat during March and April 1895 in Shunpanro hotel, to bargain on the treaty terms which came to be known as the Treaty of Shimonoseki. The chairs were properties of the royal palace of Japan.

The negotiation table
Photograph by W. Y. Chor, May 1991

Location: Sino-Japanese Peace Treaty Memorial Hall, Shimonoseki, Japan

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From the Gardener: Louis Chor. Canada, March 1997. Enriched August 2008.