Monday, August 1, 2016

The Opium Wars: The Bloody Conflicts That Destroyed Imperial China – And drives its anger over the South China Sea today.


Backgrounder.
In 1839, England went to war with China because it was upset that Chinese officials had shut down its drug trafficking racket and confiscated its dope.
Stating the historical record so plainly is shocking — but it’s true, and the consequences of that act are still being felt today.
The National Interest
The Opium Wars: The Bloody Conflicts That Destroyed Imperial China – And drives its anger over the South China Sea today
Sebastien Roblin

2 comments:

Gary Hart said...

Free trade deal?

Tom Hickey said...

The Brits were certainly not going to let a country like China make the rules.

Recall Obama's if we don't make the rules, a country like China will.