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The Opium Wars. Trade Between China and Europe. Europeans had to find a way to balance trade a . silks , fine porcelains, tea for silver bullion b. Sooo . let’s get them addicted – how about to Indian opium? . Negative Impact of Opium Trade in China.

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trade between china and europe
Trade Between China and Europe
  • Europeans had to find a way to balance trade
    • a. silks, fine porcelains, tea for silver bullion
    • b. Sooo. let’s get them addicted – how about to Indian opium?
negative impact of opium trade in china
Negative Impact of Opium Trade in China
  • Draining the economy of bullion (silver)
    • can’t pay for public works (like roads, canals, etc)
  • the number of addicted members of society was crippling and affected all walks of life
    • from civil service employees down to the family unit. 
taking a bite out of crime
Taking a bite out of crime…
  • For years, laws against opium not enforced until…
    • a. Lin Zexu enforces the laws
    • b. Blockades Canton from European traders – warehouses searched
      • Opium confiscated and destroyed
european reaction to the chinese destruction of opium
European Reaction to the Chinese Destruction of Opium
  • c. Surprisingly, Europeans annoyed – property rights being infringed
    • Easily won naval, land war of 1839-1841
  • d. From victory – China forced to open ports – not just Canton/Macau anymore
    • 90 ports – 300,000 traders by 1890s
china europe relations after 1850
China-Europe relations after 1850
  • China treated as subservient to Europe after 1850
    • a. No protective tariffs to protect Chinese manufacturing
    • b. Had to accept European ambassadors in court – as equals
    • c. Opium trade rolls in unchecked
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