how did the british start exporting opium in china

Q- How did the British start exporting opium in China?

Answer- When the British conquered Bengal, they made a determined effort to produce opium in the lands under their control. As the market for opium expanded in China, larger volumes of opium flowed out of Bengal ports. Before 1767, the trade was not more than 500 chest of tea were exported from India. But within four years, the quantity of export tripled. A hundred years later, in 1870, the government was exporting about 50000 chests annually. 

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