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The Opium Wars

Even after taking into account the coming decade of legislated tax cuts, most Australians will face higher income tax collections, writes Peter Martin. Related Story: Xi Jinping strengthened his hold on China. It's the leadership change that means the most today. Listen to the episode Rear Vision explores the Opium Wars: what started them, how they unfolded, and why they still matter today.

Photo: A coloured engraving shows people inside an opium den in China during the 19th century.

Getty: adoc-photos. Photo: British ships destroying an enemy fleet in Canton in , during the first Opium War.

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Subscribe Podcasts Newsletters. Supposing the Petersburg wires to have spoken truth, is it quite certain that an increase of the Chinese trade must follow upon the multiplication of its emporiums? Is there any probability that the war Of will lead to more splendid results than the war of ?

So much is certain that the Treaty Of , instead of increasing American and English exports to China, proved instrumental only in precipitating and aggravating the commercial crisis of In a similar way, by raising dreams of an inexhaustible market and by fostering false speculations, the present treaty may help preparing a new crisis at the very moment when the market of the world is but slowly recovering from the recent universal shock. Besides its negative result, the first opium-war succeeded in stimulating the opium trade at the expense of legitimate commerce, and so will this second opium-war do if England be not forced by the general pressure of the civilized world to abandon the compulsory opium cultivation in India and the armed opium propaganda to China.

The First Opium War (1838-1842)

We forbear dwelling on the morality of that trade, described by Montgomery Martin, himself an Englishman, in the following terms:. We did not destroy the bodies of the Africans, for it was our immediate interest to keep them alive; we did not debase their natures, corrupt their minds, nor destroy their souls. But the opium seller slays the body after he has corrupted, degraded and annihilated the moral being of unhappy sinners, while, every hour is bringing new victims to a Moloch which knows no satiety, and where the English murderer and Chinese suicide vie with each other in offerings at his shrine.

The Chinese cannot take both goods and drug; under actual circumstances, extension of the Chinese trade resolves into extension of the opium trade; the growth of the latter is incompatible with the development of legitimate commerce these propositions were pretty generally admitted two years ago. A Committee of the House of Commons, appointed in to take into consideration the state of British commercial intercourse with China, reported thus:.

We regret "that the trade with that country has been for some time in a very unsatisfactory condition, and that the result of our extended intercourse has by no means realized the just expectations which had naturally been founded on a freer access to so magnificent a market We find that the difficulties of the trade do not arise from any want of demand in China for articles of British manufacture or from the increasing competition of other nations The payment for opium The increased consumption of teas and silk in Great Britain and the United States would merely result in the increase of the opium trade; the case of the manufacturers is hopeless.

One of the leading American merchants in China reduced, in an article inserted in Hunt's Merchants' Magazine, for January, , the whole question of the trade with China to this point: "Which branch of commerce is to be suppressed, the opium trade or the export trade of American or English produce?