Compare and Contrast: Japan and China

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CAC: China and Japan
During the early nineteenth century, both China and Japan enforced policies restricting foreign trade in order to avoid industrialization and western ideas, but after both societies experienced foreign invasions and unequal treaties being established by foreigners, Japan began to industrialize and became imperialists trying to create an empire, while China differed in that the people wanted reform and government restrained the reformation of their society, therefore causing multiple rebellions and overall the collapse of their empire.

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, westerners were heavily industrializing and practicing imperialism, and since both China and Japan wanted to retain their cultures and
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Japan realized they needed a powerful economy and worked to become the power in the east asian region with the aid and the permission of their government, while China on the other hand, could have headed in the same direction if they weren’t sabotaged by their own government. While the majority of the Chinese population was fighting for change and looking for new ways to boost their dying economy due to poverty, drug addictions, and hunger, the government wanted to retain their Confucian values and stay away from western influence. Therefore, reformers promoted their ideas for reform to those against it by saying that we can have confucianism and industrialism, in that we practice chinese traditions for ourselves although we use western ideas to stay powerful and successful. However after the Taiping rebellion, the self strengthening movement, and the hundred days reform, Emperor Xianfeng and Empress Cixi still did not believe in industrializing China, so she stopped all reforms and blew all the government funds that could have been used for the reform on luxury items, just to demonstrate their power and the fact that they were not going to change China. In these two regions, their decisions either towards industrialism or away from it would affect their global position in the future.

During the nineteenth century, in the the two east


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