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The China Committee And Its Management Of The China Trade

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In order to achieve a more flexible and efficient management of the trade with China, after several years of reasoning, the Gentlemen Seventeen decided in 1755 to regain control of the China trade, taking it out of the hands of the High Government of Batavia. One year later, they appointed an exclusive committee, which was known as the China Committee, authorizing it henceforth to make decisions on the China trade and to supervise all affairs connected to the setting up of a new shipping route linking the Dutch ports with Canton. Close study of the China Committee’s management of the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC)) China trade shows that in an age of the decline of the Company as a whole, the reorganization of the VOC China trade was a smashing success for the stockholders.

Keywords: China Committee; China trade; Dutch East India Company; Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC)



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