From a historical perspective estimate the role that the British Navy (its power at the time) played as it regards the First Opium War.
In considering this question (for those who choose to take part) ask your self if that war would have ended the same and or took longer if not for the might of the British Navy.
Similarly, in considering the question, consider what may at first glance appear to be unrelated variables but which may be more connected than one might think before doing further research on this subject.
Note: Pls remember, you will want to support your viewpoints via referenced data and or referenced real life examples.
Ultimately there is no wrong or right answer here I(as there may be several conflicting views), only supported and or non supported viewpoints; for a graduate level class like this, the former is whats expected.