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

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Andrea Ngo-In ManI’m a qualified teacher in teaching Mandarin!3 students helped

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.