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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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