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The Brazilian, Mexican and Aztec states should be.....
.......well aware, as was probably the British East India Company, and British Government, that China has a "Manchurian rulers", and the Manchu Banners were cooperating with Chinese Revenue Merchants to enriched themselves. When the British first made contact with the Guangzhou Taipans - they inadvertantly link up into a business network WHICH WAS RIVALS to probably the SALT MERCHANT of years past in Jiangsu, Zhejiang! (which made the British keen on a hub, now known as Shanghai)!|
In addition to population increases, UNDERCLASS population must be very large indeed!
So, Commissioner Lin probably was working against (1) Underclass Network, (2) Revenue Collection by Manchu-Chinese cliques WHILE Bureaucrats were (3) Clamouring on lost of Gold, Silver supply to "back" the Chinese money!
The very fact, when the British Fleet sailed into the seas near Guangzhou, IF COMMISSIONER LIN had good support from the military, they could have "starved out" the British fleet by denying supplies. However the British Fleet must have supplies from Compradors from amongst the Opium Taipans, and the Manchurian-Chinese revenue Merchants!
In a real threatened war - the Chinese Qing Emperor should have send at least 2 core banner army from Beijing, and recruited Chinese militia on "purses" from the "desparate part of provinces". The outcome would much different! BUT these "BOOK LEARNED" bureaucrat, did not have "good sense" or "support" to handle a "Combat situation"!
[ Last edited by greendragon at 2011-1-24 01:59 PM ]