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Objective chronological listing of significant events leading up to modern China.

  • 1815 – Britain and her allies defeat France at the Battle of Waterloo.
  • 1816 – The British East India Company sends the Amherst mission to China for trading privileges. The mission fails.
  • 1818 – China’s suffers huge trade deficit due to illegal import of opium from British India.
  • 1824 – Britain gains control of Singapore.
  • 1833 – British government takes over trading relationships between Britain and China.
  • 1834 – Britain demands equal terms on trading relationships with China.
  • 1838 - Lin Zexu meets with Emperor Daoguang concerning the illegal import of opium.
  • 1839 – Severe punishments implemented for the sale and use of opium.
  • 1839 – Lin Zexu orders the seizure of illegal opium from British and other foreign traders in areas near Guangzhou.

1815 - 1839