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1 . Explain what Zewei's article from the week 4 reading was all about. Be sure to identify the thesis and conclusions . Yang Zewei’s thesis laid out China’s failure to adapt to Western imposed international laws which left them struggling to maintain equal political and economical clout. China held out until the Opium Wars forced their hand. After defeat, China was forced into a series of unequal treaties. According to Zewei, Western powers introduced China to international law but only imposed it on Western states or when justifying aggression. Above all, Western powers enforced unequal treaties that fleeced China of power, influence, and assets . Zewei concluded that the collision between Chinese Confucianism and modern international law was inevitable. China ’s isolation mentality aided in their undoing. Western powers took advantage of the Opium Wars in order to cage China and reap the rewards of the region. China failed to adapt quick enough therefore stunted their modernization .

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