Why did the Boxers hate all Westerners… This hate included the Japanese and Koreans.
One good example, there was a British Trading Company, known as a Hong, by the name Jardine Mathewson, based in Canton. They were one of the largest companies trading with China at the time and still in business here in Hong Kong to this day.
From China, Jardine received pure ingots of Silver, in return, Jardine traded, provided, sold to China, only one crop and one crop alone, Opium! The Opium came from British Trading Posts in India and Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka.
Jardine Mathewson was the biggest drug dealers of the day. They bribed Chinese Customs Officials, they eliminated anyone that got in the way of drug selling. They turned China into the biggest drug addicted country of all time. Even today, 150 years after Opium was stopped in China, local flea markets sell old opium pipes and drug paraphernalia but buyer beware….. One can be arrested for possession of such materials by the HK Police.
When Beijing complained to England, Jardine went before the British Parliament claiming the Imperial Court was interfering with British Commerce.
England declared war on China and hostilities commenced which today we know this as the Opium Wars. The combined Westerner forces of foreign troops attacked Beijing and the Forbidden City and they burned & looted the Imperial Summer Palace outside Beijing.
One of the British – China, Opium War, booty prizes. Was the surrender by Beijing to England, of a small Chinese fishing village called back then and still known by the same name to this very day, Hong Kong.
What’s in a Name….. I guess, whatever one wishes to think or believe.
Until then, Remember, to Strike Hard and Retreat Quick….. In all your Battles in Life!
From the writings of Robert J. Campbell (keeper of the Dragons Beard)
Member of the Royal Asiatic Society (RAS Membership No. 1001)
The RAS, for more than one century, a world recognized Historical Research Society
Royal Asiatic Society Archives and Private Members only Library – East Wing
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