China and American Trade Relationship

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China and American Trade Relationship On February 22, 1784 an American vessel named the Empress of China set sail from New York to Canton, a province in China that is now referred to as Guangzhou, in order to establish a trade relationship between the United States and China (The Chinese Magnet). Samuel Shaw, the officer of the Empress of China, was responsible for overseeing the cargo and the sale of the goods that traveled on the merchant ship. Shaw was appointed as the unofficial representative of the vessel by the United States congress, but did not gain any political recognition from the United States, nor did he have the opportunity to be in contact with the Chinese officials. The Empress of China was the first American ship to set sail from the United States to China and arrived in the region of Canton on August 28, 1784 after an eighteen-thousand-mile long expedition (The Empress of China). From the 1760s on, all trading with Western nations had been conducted in Canton through a group of Chinese merchants with official trading licenses. Some American colonies had traded with China before the 1760s, but the journey that the Empress of China embarked on had marked the official admittance of the United States into a mutually beneficial trading partnership with China (United States Relations With China). Little did China and the United States know going forward in their trading relations, that centuries later their trading relationship would be known as the most
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