How did the Qing dynasty try and meet the challenge posed by the Western powers?
The Qing dynasty failed to meet the challenge posed by the western powers. The opium war (1839-1842 C.E) with Britain weakened it. There was a demand for reform and change in the country by the Qing dynasty. The Qing dynasty provided a failure in it also. Consequently, the country faced a civil war and failed in its endeavour.