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The British were wrong by taking the option of trading opium because by trading opium they would be jeopardising the wellbeing of an entire country But they only did it because the Chinese were refusing to trade so therefore it is only partially Britains fault The Opium War also known as the Anglo-Chinese war began in 1839 It started as a conflict over trading between Britain and China China was refusing to trade because they didnt need anything Eventually the British were able to trade opium on the black market China did nearly everything to stop the opium being traded but nothing could stop it This eventually caused the war Was Britain Completely in the wrong No Although they were the ones that started the opium trade China is still partially to blame The following points will be argued for the fact that both sides contributed and neither were completely wrong The introduction of trading opium by Britain The stupidity of the Chinese stimulating the British and judging them to be bad at war And The greedy treaty made by the British But firstly the refusal for trade and the cruel regulations that China put upon the British traders There was a demand for Chinese tea silk and porcelain in the west though there was practically nothing that the west could offer to trade with China because of the simple reason that they didnt want anything and were refusing to trade for things they didnt need The Chinese didnt realise how hard they were making the situation A British man Lord William John Nappier was sent to China to try and extend British trading interests He was told that he could only address himself to the Hong Merchants and that he could only live in Guangzhou during trading season When he refused to leave Lu Kun Governor of Guangzhou prohibited all the buying and selling to the English and then ordered all the withdrawal
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