The most common bond in many organic compounds is the C–H bond. Hence, it is a great challenge to selectively cleave a particular C–H bond in the presence of multiple ones. One of most widely used approach to this problem is the use of -chelating directing groups1. However, the insertion of the transition metal is strictly restricted to the ortho-C–H bond through a six- or seven-membered cyclic pre-transition state (TS). Although many strategies have been developed to selectively functionalize meta- and para-C–H bonds2–4, this newly developed template approach overcomes the intrinsic steric and electronic bias of the substrates, and allows for the activation of remote C–H bonds.