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The lessons of the Opium Wars still impacts China today; according to the United States Census Bureau website, China has the largest population with 1.3 billion people (n.d.). In 2010, the CIA lists that China became the world’s largest exporter and is ranked third behind Japan and the U.S. in the gross domestic product (n.d.). It was only a matter of time that the Chinese were able to gain their sovereignty. The Chinese government is still steadily rising in power economically and militarily.
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