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How did western powers use diplomacy and war to gain power in Qing china? (I know some...

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gryffindor | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted February 3, 2010 at 12:16 PM via web

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How did western powers use diplomacy and war to gain power in Qing china? (I know some causes, but I need more.)

 

-Opium trade disrupts economy.

-Opium War with Britain.

-Treaty of Nanjing forces China to make concessions to British.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 3, 2010 at 1:43 PM (Answer #1)

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Some other things that happened in this (rather long) time period:

  • The war between France and England on the one side, and China.  This was in 1858.  It forced the Chinese to give up the Kowloon Peninsula near Hong Kong and also to allow broader privileges to the foreigners.
  • The general grabbing of concessions by foreign powers in the late 1890s.
  • The American insistence on the "Open Door."  Here, the Americans took for themselves the same sorts of concessions that the European nations had.
  • The Boxer Rebellion -- this really emphasized the weakness of the Chinese government and the power the West had over it.

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