Bernhard von Bülow on Germany's “Place in the Sun”


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One ramification of the assertion of Germany's “place in the sun” occurred in China. The German navy's intervention in Shandong Province came after China's humiliating loss to Japan in the Sino-Japanese War in 1894–1895; Germany and the other Western imperial powers discovered that the Qing Dynasty's treasury was as bankrupt as its army was ineffective. Therefore, it seemed clear to any number of imperialists that China could only benefit from European and American economic penetration....