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Because he wanted to weaken the Chinese people Your welcome good luck or you can look it up!!!!
In a word, money. The British traders did not care about whether it was morally correct or that the drug was already illegal in China. Also, the British government ignored China's protests.

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The British had trade deficit with China, who did not want to buy much from the British. So, the gold was going out of Britain and never coming back.

The British found opium to be a good product to sell to China in order to balance their trade. The Chinese did not like their people becoming drug addicts so the war started. In 1842 when the 1st Opium War was over in which the British won, 2 million people of China's 416 million population were drug addicts. By the end of 1881 the number was 120 million out of 369 million. Nothing new in this world, it is run by greed.

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By the 1830's, the English had become the major drug-trafficking criminal organization in the world; very few drug cartels of the twentieth century can even touch the England of the early nineteenth century in sheer size of criminality. Growing opium in India, the East India Company shipped tons of opium into Canton which it traded for Chinese manufactured goods and for tea. This trade had produced, quite literally, a country filled with drug addicts, as opium parlors proliferated all throughout China in the early part of the nineteenth century. This trafficing, it should be stressed, was a criminal activity after 1836, but the British traders generously bribed Canton officials in order to keep the opium traffic flowing. The effects on Chinese society were devestating. In fact, there are few periods in Chinese history that approach the early nineteenth century in terms of pure human misery and tragedy. In an effort to stem the tragedy, the imperial government made opium illegal in 1836 and began to aggressively close down the opium dens.

The English, despite Lin's eloquent letter, refused to back down from the opium trade. In response, Lin threatened to cut off all trade with England and expel all English from China. Thus began the Opium War.

War broke out when Chinese junks attempted to turn back English merchant vessels in November of 1839; although this was a low-level conflict, it inspired the English to send warships in June of 1840. The Chinese, with old-style weapons and artillery, were no match for the British gunships, which ranged up and down the coast shooting at forts and fighting on land. The Chinese were equally unprepared for the technological superiority of the British land armies, and suffered continual defeats. Finally, in 1842, the Chinese were forced to agree to an ignomious peace under the Treaty of Nanking.

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There may be many reasons, but I would say the main reason was the technical disparity between the Chinese Navy and the British Navy. The British Navy was modern and in most respects the best navy in the world at that time. China paid for its centuries of isolationism, as its navy was centuries out of date.

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Great Britain gain by having more power and stealing their goods. and other important item they had

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To force the Emperor to balance the one sided staid policies and thus correct the negative trade balance between Britain and Chinese

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China was producing/growing/using opium not England. So, England did not provide them with opium.

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What led to conflict between Great Britain and China in the mid-19th century?

Great Britain would not stop its merchants from selling opium in China.


Who was in the opium wars?

Britain and China


What was the result of Britain making money in the opium trade with China?

China declared a ban on opium trading and ordered Britain to stop


What was result of the opium wars?

Britain gaind the right to trade with china


Why did opium wars begin?

China and Britain traded opium, Britain go the opium from south India, Chinese people were getting onto this drug and so China tried to stopped all trade with Britain. China also tried to get rid of most of the opium but failed, china hurt Britain's economy and Britain attacked china's navy but china ended up losing because Britain went through the Industrial Revolution so they had better weapons that could reload faster and fire farther


What was the causes of the opium war?

China and Britain traded opium, Britain go the opium from south India, Chinese people were getting onto this drug and so China tried to stopped all trade with Britain. China also tried to get rid of most of the opium but failed, china hurt Britain's economy and Britain attacked china's navy but china ended up losing because Britain went through the Industrial Revolution so they had better weapons that could reload faster and fire farther


What was the cause the opium war?

China and Britain traded opium, Britain go the opium from south India, Chinese people were getting onto this drug and so China tried to stopped all trade with Britain. China also tried to get rid of most of the opium but failed, china hurt Britain's economy and Britain attacked china's navy but china ended up losing because Britain went through the Industrial Revolution so they had better weapons that could reload faster and fire farther


How did Britain seek to correct it's balance of trade with China?

selling opium


Why did the opium trade exist?

Bc Britain wanted to trade their opium for china’s tea


What was the Hong Kong conflict when Britain handed it over to China?

The smuggle of a very addicting drug named Opium that was brought over to China from Britain's Indian colonies. When China banned this highly effective and addicting drug from China, the British attacked Chinese ports. There we seen it as the Opium War between China and Britain. Britain however won the war, but banned Opium.


In the S's how did the Great Britain find a way to balance its trade with China?

In the 1700's Great Britain began smuggling opium illegally into china.


Who won the Opium War the Chinese or the British?

The British won the first and second Opium War.