5. China and the Opium
Why all this interest in China? Well, China, among other
things, is one of the largest producers and users of opiates in the
For a while, in the 1800s, the Yankee Clippers in Connecticut and
Massachusetts were the fastest ships on the ocean. Speed was crucial to the
opium trade; whoever made the trip from Turkey/India to Macao/Hong Kong/Shanghai
first got the most for their goods.
During the Opium Wars, the U.S.
chose to stand on the sidelines and cheer for the English and French, knowing
that treaty obligations would bring the U.S. a share in the spoils. Russell and
Company was at times the only trading house operating in Canton and used the
opportunity to developed strong commercial ties and handsome profits.
Powerful national interests were behind the drug trade, because American
traders were badly in need of some article the Chinese would buy, since by this
time the seal breeding grounds had been nearly wiped out. If the Chinese had not
bought opium from Americans, then United States imports of silk, porcelain and
tea would have to paid in precious coin, which was in short supply. In 1843,
when the Port of Shanghai was opened, Russell and Co. was one of its earliest
In 1903, Yale Divinity School set up a program of schools and
hospitals in China. Mao Zedong was among the staff. During the intrigues of
China in the 1930s and '40s, American intelligence called upon the resources of
"Yale in China", and George Bush's cousin and fellow "Bonesman" Reuben
After stints as UN Ambassador and Chairman of the Republican
National Committee for the beleaguered Richard Nixon, George Bush was sent to
look after the "China trade". The Bush family is still very much involved in the
economic activities of "Red" China.
Many researchers contend that George
Bush has been with CIA since the early 1950s, and that one of his jobs was to
consolidate and co-ordinate the worldwide narcotics industry, the largest
industry on Earth. Some say that one of the reasons behind the Vietnam "Police
Action" was a cover for the consolidation of the "Golden Triangle".
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