Thank you for the amazing insight and invitation to think more deeply about this topic. As I reflect I am struck by how the black and white aspect bumps up against my urge to find the gray. I'll keep probing and let you know if I can offer an opinion worth stating. My understanding has long been flavored by my admittedly shallow understanding of the Opium Wars and the impact that had on the region.

Does your treatment attempt to include the reflexive elements which these prior events may have injected into this drama?

Perhaps it is unrelated or it is too far back to factor. My Anglo-American guilt combined with my love of counter narrative wants to cling...

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