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        British and Opium | The Story of China

        Learn about the development of trade between Britain and China with this clip from The Story of China. In the 1800s, the British faced a massive trade deficit with China. The huge western demand for Chinese products had not been matched by Chinese demand for British products such as wool and cotton. To counter this deficit, the British traders turned to opium. They scaled up opium production in India and sold the addictive drug to the Chinese.

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