Japan and China Comp. Essay

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From the beginning of the 19th century, Europe started to assert control in Asia. China didn't want to be controlled, and neither did Japan. However each took contrasting approaches to keep themselves free. Even so, one of these approaches wasn't as efficient as the other. Japan and China are similar because they tried to keep their power due to fear of being imperialized. They mostly differ in how they tried to resist being colonized and the effectiveness of their resistances due to varying values and willingness to change. Japan and China both resisted being imperialized. China was targeted first, in around 1800-1810s, mostly by Britain, who was selling them opium at the time. Soon, many Chinese people were addicted to the drug and continued to buy and trade for more and more of it. Then, China was basically exporting silver to pay for the opium. The Chinese government decided to put and end to the expense and banned opium importation. China used a ban on trade with the British because they wanted to keep the British from having too much control over them so they wouldn't get colonized and would remain their own country. Japan too resisted being imperialized. They had restricted trade since the 17th century, and they didn't take trade offers. If Europeans came to trade, they were turned down and sent away. They recognized the pressures from the West and knew they needed to change. They did have Europeans at Deshima Island, however they kept them isolated so no extra power would be gained. Japan resisted trade because they knew they were relatively powerless against Europe. They isolated the Dutch who were on Deshima so that they wouldn't spread or find weaknesses to use against Japan. They kept Europe out because they wanted their own freedom. China and Japan tried different things to stay free. China, as I said, resisted trading opium with Britain in
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