By BBC at 10:41 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)
A BBC Reporter was able to speak exclusively with the Viceroy of Liangguang, an impassioned diplomat from JCC Bloc 1.
The British have continued to import opium into China even though it has been outlawed for over a century.
BBC: Why do you think the British disregard Chinese imperial law and continue to trade opium?
Viceroy of Lianguang: Because they have no respect for us. They think that they are above us in everything just because of where they come from. Not only is that blatant disrespect towards our culture and our nation, when they take that disrespect to the government level and treat our laws as suggestions, that's when the violence starts. Why do they disrespect us? I don't know.
BBC: Do you think that China’s pride has inhibited them from doing more, like cooperating with the British, to end the opium trade?
Viceroy: I really don't think so. I think that when another country tells you very clearly that your laws don't mean anything in their eyes, that's not about our pride, it's about protecting our country, protecting our country's authority, and ultimately it's about protecting our people. If the British respected us, there would be compromise. And when there's no respect, that's when war starts. They are demanding for us to change our laws while breaking them, which is disgusting if you ask me. The Chinese have never done this to the British because we are a decent and honorable people and the British are not.
It was recently announced that both China and Britain have attacked innocent civilians and decimated their villages.
BBC: Do you think that the Chinese army has been too aggressive against civilians? Do you condemn the attacks on civilian lives perpetrated by the British?
Viceroy: The attacks perpetrated by the British, I wholeheartedly condemn. These attacks are not only done by troops, but by smuggling opium into the country, making [our people] lose their jobs, stopping them from eating and drinking, and making them unable to support their families. It's disgusting and horrific. The opium trade has shifted the trade imbalance in favor of the British.
BBC: Do you think the Opium War will end when trade balance is restored?
Viceroy: It's a complicated question, I'll tell you why. We’ve been exporting silk, tea, luxury goods to Britain, and if that makes the trade lean towards us, so be it. The British are only givingus opium. In this trade war, only good is being done to Britain and only bad is being done to China. I don't see a way for the balance to be restored without opium, but we will not legalize opium. The British must find something else to trade. This war isn't about land or pride, it's about the safety of our people.
BBC: Do you prefer enacting political or military retaliation against the British?
Viceroy: Always political retaliation. I am the Viceroy of Liangguang, I am in charge of the province where the front lines of this war are, this is a personal attack to me. I've always been a peaceful person, I've advocated for peaceful solutions to conflicts, for diplomacy. But when the British utterly disrespect us like they have done, that is when the military takes place. They only understand when we attack their troops or take over their lands.
While observing committee proceedings, our reporter discovered that China is 11 million USD in debt.
BBC: How do you plan to reduce the debt that you are in?
Viceroy: Well, first of all, our debt is not something that worries us much at the moment. Our GDP is very good and our debt is small compared to that. Most major powers have debt and it’s minuscule in comparison to the GDP. We are trying to combat that by implementing taxes, by reducing unnecessary spending. Whenever we have the chance to cut back on spending and give more to our people, we will do that, and we're doing it right now.
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