China and the First Opium War


Question: The Opium Wars were spurred on largely by Britain’s desire to establish a free market in China – is the concept of forcing your policies onto another nation, even if they’re more “progressive” or “advanced”, fair? Was Britain, therefore, justified in starting the Opium Wars?

Question: Do you believe it’s fair for a country to establish full control of the trade of another country, if that control was established using a free market? I.e, should there be limitations to a “free market”?