In reference to Emperor Qianlong's letter to King George III in 1793, why did Britain want to establish trade with China?

To expand further:

What did China have that the British did not?

Update:

England** not Britain

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Go to Chinatown and enter a shop catering to tourists. What do you see? Dragons carved in jade, extremely fine porcelains, wonderfully worked silks, exotic sculptures, and so on. Go to a museum featuring Chinese artwork imported from the period. These things were in high demand among the upper classes in Europe.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    China had and has brainpower. Britain has never been so good at that.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Chinese, tea, concubines, porcelain.

    And the last of these is the reason.

    Until the contemptible British** not English and the dastardly Germans started to make their own, and, of course, the supercilious French.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Tea, silk, spices and the works of various artisans.

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Tea is the short answer.  Silk was likely another reason.

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