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The treatment of the Chinese by the British during the take over of their country was just like that of the Africans The British took over the land the government and took advantage of the people by exploiting them for their resources The English accomplished these things differently in each situation but each time the results were the same One of the most important aspects of imperialism is the take over of government The English accomplished this in several ways Some of the Unfair Treaties forced the Chinese to allow the English ships into their ports and to allow them to have a major role in the trade market The English wanted tea porcelain and silk from China The Chinese however didnt want the goods the English offered in return The English began trading opium in return for the goods Although it was illegal many of the money hungry merchants accepted the opium in return for the things that were valuable to the English Because of this the first Anglo-Chinese war started China underestimated the power of England and was defeated At the end of the war they were forced to sign the Treaty of Nanjing 1842 The treaty was one of the first treaties known as the Unfair Treaties Under this treaty China gave up the island of Hong Kong abolished the licensed monopoly system of trade granted English nationals exclusion from Chinese laws and agreed to give England whatever trading concessions that were given to other countries then and later The English also gained power of the Chinese through the Taiping Rebellion When the revolutionaries began acting out against the Chinese government the English came to defend the government Their reasoning behind it was that it was easier to get control of China if the Qing administration was in charge The rebels were defeated and the English succeeded in fulfilling their intentions The imperialism of
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