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Ireland needs to follow radical example of Japan’s 19th-century ‘Meiji Restoration’

In June 1858, during the second Opium War, Britain and France, in cahoots with the other major European powers and the United States, forced China to sign the Treaty of Tianjin.

Konk 2bBritain waged the Opium War so its merchants could flood China with cheap heroin, cultivated by other British merchants in India.

The treaty allowed western trading powers to annex China commercially, emasculate the emperor and carve up the vast wealth of the Middle Kingdom.

The Europeans colonised the mainland from the…

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