Modernization of Ming and Early Qing

Could the Ming or Early Qing have modernized?

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Aug 2019
I've heard that while by the 16th century European advancements in military technology had outpaced those of the Chinese it wasn't by a huge margin. My question is would it have been possible for the Ming or early Qing to have caught up and modernized thereby preventing the century of humiliation and defeat that China suffered years later


Ad Honorem
Aug 2013
United States
In the 17th century they did experiment with European-style ships and did develop composite cannons that were more advanced even than anything in Europe.