The Treaty of Nanjing is considered the most important treaty in the history of modern China. It paved the way for other industrialized countries to covet the same opportunities, and China signed many more 'unequal treaties'. The United States sent Caleb Cushing, a congressman from Massachusetts, to negotiate with China. The resulting Treaty of Wanghia followed the same lines as the British Treaty of Nanjing. The treaty was signed in 1844 at , which is still there today.


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