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        Excerpts from the Journal of George Macarney and Chinese Statesmen Wei Yuan

        These two excerpts show different perspectives of the process of European imperialism in China. The first is an excerpt from the journal of George Macartney (1737 – 1806), a British statesman and diplomat who led an embassy to China tasked with establishing a more favorable trading relationship with China. In the excerpt he discusses using force to achieve the trading goals Britain wants. The second excerpt is from Edward Harper Parker’s translation and adaptation of some writings of Chinese statesmen Wei Yuan. In the excerpt Wei Yuan discusses the Opium Wars from a Chinese perspective.

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