How did the Chinese try to limit European trade and involvement in the mid-1760s?

1 Answer
Nov 23, 2016



Chinese emperors in these times were very opposed to European influence, and thus, they tried to limit their involvement with western empires.

Emperors during China's prime dynasties (ex: Ming, Qing, etc) practiced the idea of isolation. Isolation included the following:

  • Restricted Trade
  • Physical Isolation (border tightening, etc)
  • Promotion of closed-minded culture (to outside world)

During this time, rulers heavily limited contact with the rest of the world and prevented citizens from working as merchants or traders. As a result, European influence did not reach China and its traditions and values were protected.

There were, however, a few Europeans that managed to find their way into China. These men include Marco Polo and Lord Macartney.