Sunburnt Dragon: The Treaty of Shimonoseki

Today we remember 17 April 1895, the day Qing Empire and Japan signed the Treaty of Shimonoseki 下関条約/馬關條約. After losing horrendously against the Japanese Empire, The Qing Empire gave up its suzerain status over Korea. Liaodong, Penghu (the Pescadores) and Taiwan were officially ceded to Japan. Qing China was forced to pay 200 million taelsContinue reading “Sunburnt Dragon: The Treaty of Shimonoseki”

War in China: the Ravishment of the North (2/3)

This is the second part of the article “War in China.” If you haven’t read the first one, please do so. You can click here to get to part 1.Click here to access the appendix. Today is January 15th and marks the day that the 12 demands of 11 Imperialist nations were officially accepted byContinue reading “War in China: the Ravishment of the North (2/3)”

The Black River Runs Red: The Massacres in Northeast China.

Click here to access the appendix with handy map and timeline. Precisely 119 years ago on July 17, 1900, and the following days until July 21, the Russians carried out several massacres against the native people of Northeast China (Manchuria) that occured during the mass exodus of Manchus, Daur, Solon and Chinese from Outer Manchuria.Continue reading “The Black River Runs Red: The Massacres in Northeast China.”

China and France at War: Treaty of Tientsin (1885)

Today on the 9th of June we remember the signing of the Treaty of Tientsin of 1885 (not to be confused with the Treaty of Tientsin of 1858 that ended the first phase of the Second Opium War). This treaty marks the end of the Sino-French war, often referred to as the Tonkin War. ItContinue reading “China and France at War: Treaty of Tientsin (1885)”

An Extension of Hong Kong Territory

Today we remember that exactly 121 years ago, on the 9th of June in 1898, the United Kingdom and the Qing Empire signed the lease known as the Convention between the United Kingdom and China, Respecting an Extension of Hong Kong Territory (中英展拓香港界址專條). The United Kingdom hereby extended its Hong Kong territory by another 300.000Continue reading “An Extension of Hong Kong Territory”

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