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Well, the purpose of the Opium Wars was to force the Chinese Empire to allow the British to use Burmese opium to extract gold from China in payment for the opium sold to wealthy landowners.  This was the stuff of popular historical drama in Mao's China.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Apr 11th, 2011 at 12:06:15 AM EST
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