What is the history of the development of the Chinese military in modern times?

Zeng Guofan led the Hunan Army of 20,000 and the Huai Army of 60,000, equipped with foreign guns and artillery, and went north to “suppress the Nien Army.” His policy was to “focus on greeting and suppression, not on pursuit.” He also proposed plans such as “key fortifications” in an attempt to block the Nien Army in Canal and Shahe areas, leaving the Nian army with nowhere to escape, and then destroying them