Why were the Manchus rulers not willing to allow the entry of foreign goods into China?
- In the late 18th century, the English East India Company was buying tea and silk from China for sale in England.
- But England at that time produced nothing that could be easily sold in China.
- The Confucian rulers of China, the Manchus were suspicious of all foreign merchants.
- They feared that the merchants would interfere in the local politics and disrupt their authority.
- So, the Manchus rulers were not willing to allow the entry of foreign goods into China.