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  Lin Tse-hsü

 

China

Lin Tse-hsü, who as a civil official of the first rank wears his Mandarin square (fig.) showing a crane. He was the Imperial Commissioner of Canton, who in 1836 began to aggressively crack down on the illegal trade in opium.

 

His well-intended actions in 1840 eventually led to the first Opium War with the British, who tried to keep their lucrative opium traffic flowing into China.

 

  Lin Tse-hsü