- May 2014
The First Opium War wasn't that devastating to China?Indeed, but it happened in the middle of a world war. It's not like the West was going to make any big moves towards China at that time. And after the war, they really had more pressing concerns than embarking on an ambitious expedition half a world away.
BTW, speaking of the potential Scramble for China and the whole century of humiliation, I think we should re-examine the effects of the First Opium War. Namely, whether or not this war was so devastating to China.
Also, what about without WWI? Could the Great Powers have then finally decided to partition China among them?