Sun Yuting

Sun Yuting (孫玉庭; Wade–Giles: Sun Yu-t'ing) (1752–1834) was Governor-general of Jiangxi, Jiangsu, and Anhui, and at the same time, served as a grand councillor.[1] Yuting was a native of Jining in Shandong. His father was Sun Kuotu (孫擴圖). Yuting graduated as jinshi in the 1775 imperial examinations.

Yuting became Viceroy of Nanjing, but in 1824 a breach in the Yellow River embankment caused his dismissal. For a time, he was Governor of Guangdong, where he put down the Shantou clan-fights and tried to stop the system of bribing pirates to submit. In 1802, as Governor of Guangxi, he induced the Court to recognise Fu Yang, the de facto king of Annam, and to allow the country to be again called Nanyue. In 1816, he advised the Jiaqing Emperor to dispense with the customary prostrations and kowtowing in the case of Lord Amherst's mission. At the same time, he assured his majesty that without tea, the English could not live, and that to prohibit its export from China would soon bring England to her knees.[2] Yuting's grandson, Sun Yuwen (孫毓汶), was a grand councillor; he also served as President of the Zongli Yamen and President of the Board of War.[1]


  1. 1 2 Jing, Su; Luo, Lun (1978). Landlord And Labor In Late Imperial China: Case Studies From Shandong. Harvard Univ Asia Center. pp. 149, 150–. ISBN 978-0-674-50866-8. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  2. Giles, Herbert Allen (1898). A Chinese Biographical Dictionary (Public domain ed.). Chʻeng-Wen Publishing Company. p. 698. Retrieved 10 June 2012.

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