Lin Tse Hu Case Study

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Answer 1: Lin Tse-Hsu wrote this letter to Queen Victory to show his concerns about the ill effects of Opium trade on Chinese society and put an end to Opium trade as his King wants. As a Chinese Commissioner he tried to make Queen Victoria aware of the widespread social problems occurring because of opium addiction. He asked Queen to be the leader and put an end to the opium trade. Chinese emperor lost his son of an overdose and Lin Tse-Hue argued that seducing Chinese people by smuggling opium is wrong since smoking opium is banned in Britain.
Answer 2: Lin Tse-Hsu is worried about the sale of opium in China because many people who are addicted to opium already died and he doesn’t want more people to die because of this poison. Chinese Emperor lost his son of an overdose, so he is concerned that death rate will increase in coming years because of the drug. He believes the British people who smuggle opium to his country only cares about their own profits and disregard the harm to others. Further he was concerned as British were gaining some control over China by weakening the society, and as he was working for king of China would not want to feel lesser to another ruler.
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As per Lin Tse-Hsu, Queen as head of state she has responsibility to do fair trade that is why in most part of letter he tries to guilt the Queen into agreeing to stop the opium trade. In the paragraph he pointed finger on the British system for not examining the ships with care for smuggled goods as he wrote "heard that the ships coming to the Canton have all had regulations promulgated and given to them in which it is stated that it is not permitted to carry contraband

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