Staying on
The localisation of British activity in China
in Britain in China
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Staying on in China was the aim of the settler, the expatriate businessman and the missionary. Many British businesses and mission societies resolutely set out to transform their relationship with their respective Chinese markets. Penetration of the China market had always involved using local intermediaries. The Calico Printers' Association (CPA) printed Japanese-made cloths for the Chinese market via a wholly-owned subsidiary, the China Printing & Finishing Company. Improvements in relations with the Chinese business community also came at the expense of the compradores. Many British businessmen felt that the compradore system needed replacing or modernising. British Protestant missions were forced to attempt to transform themselves from 'foreign missions' to Chinese Christian Church and to compromise with modernising trends in Chinese society, in Chinese Christianity, in education and in medicine.

Britain in China

Community, culture and colonialism 1900-1949


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