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The Opium Trade in China

  • Aired: 07/11/2017
  • 03:16
  • Rating: NR
Michael Wood talks to Prof. Zheng Yangwen about the crippling social effects on China of the opium trade run by the British. "Where is your conscience?" the emperor asked Queen Victoria. In the late 1830's, the Chinese decided to do something about it and ordered the destruction of all the opium held in British workhouses. There would be tragic consequences for China in the First Opium War.
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Professor Zheng Yangwen tells Michael about the impact of the opium trade in China.
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