Chinese view on Opium Wars


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Ultra

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I had a discussion with my sister-in-law who is a mainland Chinese when we were discussing Opium wars, and she asserted that "Chinese deserved it (to be beaten and pillaged) because China was trading unfairly against Great Britain at the time".

Her view kinda shocked me, so, I am quite interested in the mainland Chinese view's on Opium Wars.

Was China at fault?
 

AssassinsMace

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Well if that's your sister-in-law's view, she's already displayed sociopathic tendencies therefore incapable of judging right and wrong. There is no other "view." There's a reason why the powerful in the US are staunchly anti-drug and it all has its traces back to the Opium Wars. Every powerful family in the West dipped their hands into selling opium to the Chinese. Hence why the opium trade in China was the biggest money-making business in the entire world at the time. And that was a one-way trade only. So if opium were just simply a business to make money, why would the very people who profited from it are staunchly against the recreational drug business at home? Opium's primary purpose was to weaken China by turning everyone into drug addicts to make colonization easier.
 
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Well if that's your sister-in-law's view, she's already displayed sociopathic tendencies therefore incapable of judging right and wrong. There is no other "view." There's a reason why the powerful in the US are staunchly anti-drug and it all has its traces back to the Opium Wars. Every powerful family in the West dipped their hands into selling opium to the Chinese. Hence why the opium trade in China was the biggest money-making business in the entire world at the time. And that was a one-way trade only. So if opium were just simply a business to make money, why would the very people who profited from it are staunchly against the recreational drug business at home? Opium's primary purpose was to weaken China by turning everyone into drug addicts to make colonization easier.

I totally agree, that is my view too.
And yes, she does displayed sociopathic/psychopathic traits (along with very strong "princess syndrome") so it could just mean she is just trying to assert something completely irrational (and unfamiliar) to assert her "power" in the family (to show she is the authoritative in chinese history).


don't feed the troll.
Seriously, I am not trolling. This is actually what my sister-in-law told me. As I mentioned before she is a mainlander Chinese - her view shocked me and made me question whether if this is the prevalent view in China or if she was taught this way, or if it is just her.

I am just trying to configure out how she came to such extreme view. BTW, she studied finance (accounting).
 
No, she is totally serious. And I thought no chinese would actually believe in China being at fault for being the target of British colonization.
Your sister-in-law sounds like the majority of Chinese China-haters who blame China (or the CCP, or "Chineseness", in no particular order) to avoid admitting to or dealing with personal issues, low self-esteem vis-a-vis non-Chinese, and ignorance about China and its history.

The fact that she studied finance or accounting (or works in any wealth worshipping field) only makes it more likely that she is someone who is hungry for wealth and status to the point of being eager to spout blame on China/"Chineseness"/CCP (once again in no particular order) to rationalize to herself, and she thinks to others, self-perceived personal deficiencies.
 
I had a discussion with my sister-in-law who is a mainland Chinese when we were discussing Opium wars, and she asserted that "Chinese deserved it (to be beaten and pillaged) because China was trading unfairly against Great Britain at the time".

Her view kinda shocked me, so, I am quite interested in the mainland Chinese view's on Opium Wars.

Was China at fault?
China was at fault for not having a strong enough military to defeat the British in China and to start a "war on opium" campaign in Britain.
 
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