how could the western merchants balance their trade with china

Q- How could the Western merchants balance their trade with China?

Answer- The Western merchants had to buy tea from China for silver coins or bullion. This meant overflow of treasure from England, as it would deplete the wealth of the nation. The merchants therefore looked for ways to stop this loss of silver. They searched for a commodity they could sell in China, something they could persuade the Chinese to buy. So, opium was one such commodity.

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