Strategic Partnership or Strategic Dependence?

In the middle of the 19th century, a developing nation was coerced by what was then an economic powerhouse into relinquishing sovereignty over strategic coastal territory. The period following the First Opium War (1839–1842) ushered in an era of unequal treaties, in which Great Britain coerced China into granting commercial privileges and legal and territorial concessions—for example, Hong Kong and later Kowloon, with ramifications that lasted a century.

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