I think it is a great idea we are trading Opium with China
We´re going to be rich
Buy our products and pay us in silver
We will not buy your products but we will sell you tea.
The Qing Dynasty will pay, we must revolt.
In 1773, Britain began to trade Opium with China, they were the leading Opium traders in that year. A monopoly was formed by the British Eat India Company over the cultivation of opium
Spheres of Influence
You must sign this treaty, we are forcing you
China sold Britain tea, but would not buy any British products. Britain started to import Opium illegally and demanded silver as payment as a cause of their loss of silver. After Britain´s victory against China, Britain established diplomatic relations, demanded they have more ports for western traders, and concessions as a result of the lost Opium before the war. China signed a treaty of Nanjing in which Britain gained control of the trading port of Hong Kong
Attack the Christian churches, the Christians must die!
There was a revolt in China against the Qing dynasty. A dispute over religious beliefs caused the revolt. Nanjing city was seized by the rebels, but the rebellion failed. The rebels seized the cities for a decade. Between 1850-1864, the rebellion took over 20 million lives.
To better Britain´s trading opportunity, they needed to establish a sphere of influence. A sphere of influence is a country or area that another country has power over to affect developments although there is no formal authority. France, Germany, Japan and Russia followed in Britain´s example and forced China to sign similar treaties saying there is exclusive trading for each nation. The forced trade agreements came to be known as Spheres of influence.
Christian churches and missions were attacked by boxers, slaughtering thousands of Chinese Christians. The boxers sieged the foreign legations in Beijing and Tianjin. The rebellion was started in reaction to the current regime´s inability to end foreign domination. China was further in debt to the outside nations after the rebellion.