Colonial Drug Trafficking and the British Empire – 

When China’s Qing Emperor Daoguang ordered the destruction of opium stocks in the port of Canton (Guangzhou) in 1838, the British Empire declared war on China on the grounds that it was obstructing the “free flow” of commodity trade.

Source: Colonial Drug Trafficking and the British Empire – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

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