1903 Russia 3k postal stationery card uprated 1k written from KASHGAR (Sin-Kiang) China 5 III 03 to British Military Contingent in Tien-Tsin. Since there was no P.O in Kashgar it was taken by courier through the Naryn Pass of the Pamir Mountains to the Russian border town of OSH for re-entry into China via the Transcaspian and Trans-Siberian rail systems, received British F.P.O. No. 4 (Tien-Tsin) 12 May 03 via German PO in Tien-Tsin, boxed receipt mark Intelligence Branch / 12 May 1903 / China Force alongside.
Although the Boxer Rebellion was liquidated by the Protocol of Peking, September 1901, the leading powers remained in occupation of Tien-Tsin until 1903.
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