The opening up of China to Britain during the first half of the 19th century?

The paper needs to focus on the close relationship between China, United Kingdom and India. It should include social, political and economic aspects. Background information needs to be briefly mentioned in order to introduce the reader to the topic and to develop a contextual understanding. The essay needs to also focus on the trade of opium, tea and silver between the three countries. Include counter-arguments to the topic as well, and maybe the investigation may reveal that it was NOT Opium trade and the Opium Wars, but a weak regency, conspiring nobles, repeated famines etc that played a greater role in the opening up of China.