3.2.8 Practice: An Editorial Response to Imperialism Notes Sources Historical perspective The British justified their actions against the Chinese as acceptable because they were a lesser race, and because they were unwilling to trade with them when they needed the resources from their land. oads/files/Working-Papers-Archives/CES_WP136.pdf Position on opium trade The British were supportive of opium trade because they needed something to trade with the Chinese for their resources and opium was the only thing they were accepting at one point in time. der/hong-kong-freedoms-democracy-protests-china-crackdown One strong opposing point The British were in opposition to the Chinese at first because they wouldn’t trade with them. Later, many started to get addicted to opium they began trading in opium. nomics/Workingpapers/content/WP_25.pdf First supporting point The British were willing to go to war over the goods that China had. The Chinese opium addiction gave the British an easy way to continue trading with the Chinese.