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The import of opium from India had a devastating effect on China. Although opium had been graown and used in China for centuries the import of huge quantities of the British controlled trade into Guangdong proved far more addicitive. It was the government officials who were most affected and even Dowager Empress Cixi used opium. Attempts to stop the trade led to two wars with Britain which China lost. Read More
Objectively it should have been Zhang Guotao not Mao Zedong who should have led the Communists when they met up in northern China during the Long March (August 1935) as he had an army four times larger and had local knowledge. It was only an ill-conceived offensive operation by Zhang that removed him from the battle for party leadership when they reached Shaanxi. Read More
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