Scramble for China in the 20th Century

May 2015
1,045
The Netherlands
#1
There was no 'Scramble for China' during the Age of Imperialism, at least not to the same extent as in Africa. Supposedly this is because the Western powers dreaded the expected cost of a repeat of the Scramble for Africa and they preferred to keep China open for international trade instead. Not even Russian and Japanese encroachment on China triggered a partition of the country. What, if anything, could have caused a proper Scramble from China during the first half of the 20th Century?
 
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Ad Honoris
May 2014
18,742
SoCal
#2
What you might need are one or more powers going way beyond the accepted norms in regards to this and outright seizing a huge part of China for themselves. Then, other powers might decide that rather than fight the offending party, they should likewise take huge parts of China for themselves--which ultimately results in China getting partitioned.
 

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Ad Honoris
May 2014
18,742
SoCal
#3
Maybe a good PoD for this could be 1884-1885 if Russia and Japan will both enter the Sino-French War on the French side. That way, you'll have three powers nibbling away at China and other powers might feel compelled to join in so that they could get their slice of the orange chicken pie before it completely runs out.
 
Jul 2019
23
hongkong
#4
No more . aAttacking China does not require an imperial alliance . Any empire is easy to defeat the Chinese government alone. But how to rule Chinese talent is difficult.

So the UK chose unequal trade to gain benefits, is smart and Japan chose war to gain benefits. is stupid.
 
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