Introduction: China’s reputation on the world stage, at least from the perspective of the West, has been intimidating as of late. Its growing physical and economic presence, as well as its label as a communist country, have caused decades of Western politicians to hyperbolize its trajectory into a sort of political domination. Although the speed of economic growth has slowed down for China, it is still a source of confusion and controversy because of its complicated political standing. As the country introduces a free market into a communist country, often by establishing specific zones to ease the transition and keep it regulated, China is introduced to a sort of political flux. In times of transition, rules become less clear, and corruption
The Boxers had chosen to do something about it. Because the Americans and other foreigners pushed for the sale of drugs in China, disrespected the local Chinese religion and weakened China as a whole, the Boxers do not deserve criticism. The Boxers do not deserve any criticism because when the British introduced opium to China, it caused a disruption in a somewhat peaceful place. This situation upset many nationals and the Chinese government, causing
Since Britain’s East India Company smuggled an abundant amount of opium into the once-isolated China, in order to improve their trading situation, the China and its people were greatly affected: socially, the population depleted in a rapid rate especially since opium caused most of the addicts to either over-dose or die from the remission from the narcotic, many would lose their amount of silver or copper from the usage of opium, and more. Economically, the opium that was smuggled in by the East India Company was traded in for silver, which ultimately caused the inflation in silver and copper and more, some Chinese citizens lost their jobs either because of the entire conflict of because of the effects of the opium, and the items that were used to trade between the British and the China became one-sided; at first, China had more of an advantage, but the British later gained momentum and conclusively gained most of the advantages and the products that they desired, which were tea, porcelain, silk, and silver. And finally, the Opium War also affected China’s politics, especially since it was between the Chinese and the British, the two main powerhouses in the trading business. For example, China’s government attempted to please the requirements from Britain, by abiding to the four main concepts in the Treaty of Nanking (Nanjing) - “China [must] cede Hong Kong Island to the British Empire” (Emily), they must “open the ports of Canton, Amoy, Ningpo, Foochow, and Shanghai for foreign trade” (Emily), and as compensation for the loss of Britain’s merchandise, the British received fixed tariffs, “Most Favored Nations status” (Emily), “extraterritoriality for British citizens in China” (Emily), and “21 million ounces of silver” (Emily).And finally, China must allow British missionaries into central China – including what the
In the 18th century, Europe had a high demand for Chinese goods but the Chinese didn’t have a high demand for European goods. In order to pay back, Britain gave China the only commodity they would accept--silver, but they didn’t have enough silver. So, the Britain had to buy it from other European countries, which created further debt. In 1773, the British conquered the Bengal Province in India, which was the largest producer of opium at that time. So, the British decided to use opium as a commodity to decrease the debt between Britain and China.
The most devastating example of this was the way that Cholera was brought back to Britain from the Indian sub-continent with devastating results. The imperialists also had a habit of moving slaves and laborers around the world to tend the new plantations and factories. This would increase the danger of introducing disease to populations that had no natural resistance against
As such, even when they were mobilised to fight the British, they were still very much addicted to the drug. The irony of the very drug China is fighting against would be the one that is weakening China’s resistance in terms of its army. However, in the film, everyone has miraculously recovered from the addiction in a short time and are fighting to the best of their ability. This might also be the film’s intention of advocating the strong China image despite its hard times. In conclusion, The Opium War is a informative movie for the audience to gain a rough idea of the war.
In the midst of the Industrial Revolution, imperialism became inevitable as Europeans needed raw materials for industrialization. As time passed, Europeans grew covetous for money and goods. During the late 1800s, both Africa and China was uncontrolled and had some of the most essential raw resources and luxuries. Raw materials were required in order to keep European industrialization flourishing. Thus European government wanted economic opulence by obtaining raw materials in Africa, and by imperializing China to trade so the accumulated profit can be used to purchase Chinese goods.
British for flooding the Chinese market with opium. In the end, it was the herculean effort by the PRC government in the 1950s that succeeded in weeding out the opium problem in China. She attributed the success of the PRC government to its incorruptibility, determination, and also a lockdown in international trade that stemmed the inflow of drugs to China. Important to note too that for both Li Yangfan and Xia Guomei, the implied understanding is that China’s drug problems were always a result of negative foreign influences. Xia Guomei lamented how today’s China is “surrounded on all four directions by drugs.” There is a tendency for Chinese scholars to downplay the autonomy of Chinese themselves in contributing to their own drug problems.
Also, China freed the yuan from a dollar peg, letting it float within a tightly managed band. Also conservative Hu-Wen Administration began to reverse some of Deng Xiaoping's reforms in 2005. It shows that the government adopted more egalitarian and populist policies. It increased subsidies and control over the health care sector, halted privatization, and adopted a loose monetary policy, which led to the formation of a U.S.-style property bubble in which property prices tripled. The privileged state sector was the primary recipient of government investment, which under the new administration, promoted the rise of large "national champions" which could compete with large foreign corporations.
GlobalPost reporter Kathleen McLaughlin (2012) researched on the growing influence of Western culture in China that ever since China invested in foreign trade 30 years ago, Western brands and innovations made an economic boom, helping China 's middle class to grow large. However, President Hu Jintao, who represented China 's government, claimed that China 's culture is being “invaded” by Western culture, which he sees them as “hostile forces”. Thus begins the censorship of Chinese mass media with the first step to push inappropriate TV shows out of prime time. Xu Fan, a professor from the Communications University of China, stated that those rules are meant to restrict crime programs and dramas that betrays moral and ethics. These kinds of TV shows seemingly opposed the government 's law that even the Chinese versions of American-based TV shows are quite offensive in terms of moral or ethical issues.