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What was the main reason that Europe began to trade opium for Chinese goods?

It was due to the imbalance of trade between (mainly) China and Britain at that time. China has a huge export on tea, cotton etc. to Britain but doesn’t require much import from Britain. Thus it created a trade deficit for Britain. That is why Britain started to export opium to China to balance out or even create a trade surplus in trading.

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