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What caused the misunderstanding between George III and Qianlong? What were their values and how did they differ?
Qianlong was one of the most prominent kings of China for the better part of 18th century. At this time, Europe was at the exploratory phase where they looked to expand their businesses and make more allies or colonies. The dispute between Qianlong and George II arose after George’s request for trade privileges, which include the inclusion of a European representative in the King’s court. In the letter, George’s main interest was to have trade control in Peking. On the other hand, Qianlong fought to preserve the China’s sovereignty and cultures. He, therefore, denied the request leading to state misunderstanding (Perdue, 2009)....
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