Thursday, April 17, 2008


This Day in the History of Humiliating Treaties

On this day in 1895, the Treaty of Shimonoseki ended the Sino-Japanese War, which had gone badly for the Chinese. Korea went from the frying pan of Chinese occupation to the fire of Japanese occupation; Japan received outright several naval ports; and, five main trading ports in China were opened for favorable treatment to the Japanese. Japan was growing in power and Russia and then the whole Western Pacific Rim were next in line for military expansion. Of course it would all end in tears for the Japanese 50 years later.


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