- Oct 2011
- Italy, Lago Maggiore
It's a matter of fact it hadn't colonized and that the European powers had forced to decide to recur to "soft colonialism" which actually wasn't colonialism. An economical control is not colonialism [it's today that there is something talking about "new colonialism"].China was actually weaker than most European powers at the second half of the 19th century. What made them not colonize the country, just as India was colonized, it's because they could gain more by recurring to "soft colonialism" instead of a "hard" one. By all effects, China was indeed subjugated to foreign powers by that time.