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Authorities, the British Government expects and demands that the expenses incurred thereby shall be repaid to Great Britain by the Government of China.20What Palmerston hammers are that the letter's goal is to ensure that China must compensate Britain for the destruction of the opium drug and it hints use of force to make sure about it. The Opium Wars was not a black-white issue that history books gloss over. Rather, it wasa myriad of troubles and misunderstanding of one another that didn’t lead to a good compromise.The Opium Wars was started between the British and the Chinese because of a restrictive Canton-based system, a need to sell more opium to the general public, and the Qing’s destructionof mass amounts of opium. This war could have been generally avoided if the Mccartney Expedition turned out to be a success, in which both nations can develop a mutual base to work 20Frederick Whyte, ed. China and Foreign Powers: An Historical Review of Their Relations.London: Oxford University Press, 1928.
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