Wong Fei Hung wrote:I think if you knew how to use it, the samurai would win. the japaneese always invaded china with the samurai swords and the chineese had no defense. that's why they created the doulbe handed broadsword.
as to the toothpic vs broadsword statement i think the individual skills actually matter.
Wong Fei Hung wrote:you're right. I should have made myself clearer. There were no real military strikes on China from Japan, but when they did hit, even just a little one, they massacered everyone. The villagers had experience with martial arts too, but they had never seen something like thisbefore. after the japaneese kept attacking because they always won, the chineese created a counrter weapon, just to stop those samurai swords. That's what I meant, not accual wars.
Pea Spot wrote:Dpissac, the Opium War, which ended in 1842, predated the Japanese invasion by about half a century. The Chinese lost this war to the British, who introduced opium to the country and greatly weakened the people. As a result China was forced to sign the Treaty of Nanjing, ceding Hong Kong to foreign rule.
I believe the Chinese tried to clean up the opium problem afterwards, but they were plagued by a host of other internal problems, including the Taiping Rebellion, so the Japanese invasion could not be blamed just on the opium.
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