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Christine Nguyen September 19, 2010 East Asia History “War on Drugs, then and now” The article “The Crisis Within” brought up issues that were rampant in China during the 1800’s, but these issues are parallel to problems going on in today’s society. While China fought a war on Opium sold by British Merchants, the U.S. today is fighting a war on drugs with countries like Mexico. It can be difficult to understand how two great and powerful nations like the U.S. and China, could find themselves somehow unable to outmaneuver or overpower a seemingly weaker country. It was noted before in a previous article that at the time of the Opium war China had actually owned territories larger then Britain. Today the U.S.’s standard of living and technology is far beyond Mexico’s. Despite this China had failed to find a solid solution to dealing with Britain’s Opium trade and today the U.S. government has yet to come to an agreement on how to deal the countries drug problem. Failing to come to an agreement on a possible solution to a major crisis is
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