If China industrializes earlier, is it likely to become a colonial power?

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
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If China industrializes earlier, is it likely to become a colonial power? As in, build a colonial empire of its own just like a lot of European countries and Japan did. For that matter, would such a China have aimed to expand anywhere at all? (I mean, even Russia expanded to various territories even if they were contiguous to the Russian metropole.) I was also wondering if China would be more willing to become a colonial power in this scenario if colonialism never actually goes out of style in this scenario--such as if both World Wars never occur--thus giving colonialism a much longer shelf life in this scenario.

Anyway, any thoughts on this?
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
21,731
SoCal
I suppose that in addition to this question I might as well ask how much China's current opposition to overt colonialism has to do with colonialism already falling out of style several decades ago--as well as with Communism's nominal opposition to colonialism, for that matter.