The Supernumerary Vice Minister had an unique position in the Qing dynasty. At first in the Six Boards it was a temporary postion. The Supernumerary Vice Minister, which was only open for Mongolian nobles, had been a regular position in Lifanyuan since 1737. As an executive officer, the Supernumerary Vice Minister didn＇t have too much authority or duty. However some of them had a lot of things to do due to their own nobility and ability. It was more an honorary position, which was a part of the policy to win Mongol＇s support. This policy stimulated Mongolian nobles＇ sense of identity and stabilized the regional situation. Besides that, the administrative costs were also very little, so this position remained unchanged in spite of several important bureaucracy reforms by the end of the Qing dynasty.
Journal of Historical Science
the Qing dynasty
the Supernumerary Vice Minister
the relationship between Manchu andMongol