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Opium, Emperors and Missionaries

How has Chinese identity been shaped by Britain’s determination to pay for Chinese goods with opium?

We usually underestimate the role that history plays in shaping nations and relations between them.  So it is with China and its view of the West.  Every Chinese person I have spoken to has a detailed knowledge of events that stretched from the 1830s to the 1930s, in which “the Western nations oppressed us and kept us poor”.  To understand is to empathise and empathy is a powerful factor even in international relations.

Lynn Green and his wife Marti first came to England and began the work of Youth With A Mission here in 1971. From 2004-2011 Lynn was YWAM’s International Chairman. He continues to convene YWAM’s global leadership meetings, and focuses much of his energy on international leadership development.

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