Cohong

Cohong

 

(inaccurate English transliteration of the Chinese Kung Hang), the European name for the Chinese Kung Hang merchant guild, which existed from the early 18th century to the 1840’s.

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The Western powers that traded with the Qing empire under the "Canton system," for example, did not send tribute to the Qing imperial throne (with rare and contested exceptions) and their interactions with the Qing were not managed by the Board of Rites (traditionally assumed to manage all tributary relations) but by the cohong merchants in Canton itself.