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Lin Zexu, courtesy name Yuanfu, was a Chinese scholar and official of the Qing dynasty.

He is most recognized for his conduct and his constant position on the "moral high ground" in his fight, as a "shepherd" of his people, against the opium trade in Guangzhou. Although the non-medicinal consumption of opium was banned by the Yongzheng Emperor in 1729, by the 1830s, China's economy and society were being seriously affected by huge imports of opium from British and other foreign traders based in the city. Lin's forceful opposition to the trade on moral and social grounds is considered to be the primary catalyst for the First Opium War of 183942. Because of this firm stance, he has subsequently been considered as a role model for moral governance, particularly by the Chinese.

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Lin Zexu, courtesy name Yuanfu, was a Chinese scholar and official of the Qing dynasty.

He is most recognized for his conduct and his constant position on the "moral high ground" in his fight, as a "shepherd" of his people, against the opium trade in Guangzhou. Although the non-medicinal consumption of opium was banned by the Yongzheng Emperor in 1729, by the 1830s, China's economy and society were being seriously affected by huge imports of opium from British and other foreign traders based in the city. Lin's forceful opposition to the trade on moral and social grounds is considered to be the primary catalyst for the First Opium War of 183942. Because of this firm stance, he has subsequently been considered as a role model for moral governance, particularly by the Chinese. More...

 
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