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Opium wars happened over a century ago. It was a crime against humanity, but it gives no moral right to anybody to repeat the same thing in the modern time. It's like saying Israeli should have a right to demand that Germans be gassed today because of Hitler.

Chinese public puts up with their government because the standard of living rose in the past years thanks to WTO and liberalization during Deng Xiaoping and Hu Jintao presidency. Now that Xi Jinping decided to undo the progress and double down on building authoritarian ethnostate it's a matter of time before public opinion shifts again due to economic hit.

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