Paper: How the Europeans of Britain and Portuguese Influence the Chinese and Japanese Between 1368-1868

During the 1500s the Portuguese were able to travel to Japan and try to take over their trade system also. Later, the British came to the Chinese land by way of ship. They set up a port during the late 1600s in Guangzhou. Then begin to work their way up the Chinese ladder of government. Along with travel to become a big trading partner with another country one must have knowledge to offer that country. The Portuguese was able to get in to the heads of the Chinese and Japanese by their religious advancements. They used the knowledge of astronomy to gain trust and admission into the inner part of to Chinese culture. Gradually they were able to get into the Chinese people heads and fed them knowledge that they were not ready for. This made the Chinese weak and an easy target. The British were able to accomplish the same thing in China and Japan. The Portuguese were not only able to bring knowledge but they were able to bring their form of religion. This idea of new religion did not sit well with the Japanese and they went into a state of isolation. After the two countries had become major trading partners with the Portuguese and the British they wanted to rebel and become their own countries with their own way of life and religion. These desires led to the Opium War and the Taiping Rebellion for the Chinese. For the Japanese it led to the state of Japanese Tokugawa shogunate. This is the overpowering that should have been avoided by China and Japan. For a country to come and take over without fighting a war to do so should not have an affect. The deciphering that took place with the British and the Portuguese were very clever. They planned to come in as friend and leave saying that they had control over that certain country. Also, they wanted to leave with there being more monies in hand then before. Their plans worked the like of many except China and Japan....