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This book deals with the role of the Chinese merchants from Anxi in Singapore in the effectuation, development and complexity of the inter-regional tea trade between Fujian and Singapore at time of war and political change. By the early twentieth century, the Chinese tea industry was in a state of decline as the Europeans had switched to drinking tea imported from India and Ceylon. The book addresses the problems faced by the Fujian tea industry in order to get a clearer understanding of the close political and trading ties that exist between Fujian and Singapore. It looks at the challenges faced by the overseas Chinese merchants in the inter-regional trade and aims to go beyond the conventional study of overseas Chinese merchants who came to Singapore and eventually accumulated much wealth.

Keywords: Anxi in Singapore; Chinese merchants; Chinese tea trade; Fujian tea industry

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