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Tianjin city report: History

Tianjin has very important past, and played a pivotal role in modern and contemporary Chinese history. It used to be an important port for trade with foreign countries and the key base for the ‘Westernisation Movement’ in China, which started from 1861 and brought in advanced technology from western countries and as a result created the first batch of modern enterprises. In 1860, Tianjin was occupied by English, French and allied forces and was forced to open to the outside world, the foreign powers then established concessions in Tianjin one after another. Today, there are some streets in the city full of old architecture of foreign design……

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