Opium Trade Case Study

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Introduction

The East India Company was established by the British and then monopolized the trades towards the China. As the trades could not fulfil the ambition of the British, they requested for more benefits. However, the Qing court rejected and the relationship between the two countries came to a rapid deterioration. Unfortunately, after the out broke of the war, China became weaker than before.

The following will discuss the relationship between Britain and China by how opium trade appeared and the effects of opium trade. Moreover, the consequences of the First opium war and how it shaped the relationship of Anglo-China will be mentioned.

Main body

The Qing dynasty forbidden sea trade until the emperor Kangxi unified China from the
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Measurement dues needed to pay by the Two East India Company ships “London” and “Worcester” when they first arrived Macau in 1687. Moreover, the paid The second time the ships gave 240 silver taels to the Guangdong Customs Supervisor and 250 silver taels for the costal guard fee when they arrived in the second times. They enjoy the peaceful trade by bribing the Chinese officials. Still, it was not an equal trade. There were no laws in paying surtax, however, it was an omitted regulation. The ships paid 1147 and 612 silver taels for income tax and other surtax in…show more content…
It was no doubts that Britain was fully armed and prepared for the war to defeat China, which allowed them to get what wish after winning. Therefore, Britain was aggressive. On the contrary, China was not ready for the war. Lin Zexu, who represented the aggressive attitude towards Britain, prepared for the war well while he was destroying the opium in Guangzhou. He even defeated the British army in Chuanbi for several times. However, Emperor Daoguang, who represent the conservative attitude towards Britain, wished to avoid the war since he had known China was weak. The two different views were destined the failure of
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