The James Flint Incident

When an Englishman with the rare ability to speak Mandarin Chinese got into a dispute with a corrupt local official in Zhejiang, he took his complaints all the way to the top, kicking off a diplomatic incident involving the emperor himself.

Featured image: The Qianlong Emperor in his formal court dress. (Image source)

A view of the Canton in the 1800s, showing the areas where different countries’ merchants are allowed to enter the city for their highly controlled stay. (Image source)

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