A single Chinese province would have been too much for a European colonial power. The population of this Chinese colony would have outnumbered the occupying force. And that is just a piece of the iceberg for the colonialists wouldn’t be facing just the population of the colony but all of China which they've had their own version of nationalism a lot longer then Europeans had theirs.
And finally Europe did not want to cut up China into pieces. The British, French, Russians, and Germans (and Japanese, but I think calling Japan a European nation, well you get the idea) were content with having spheres of influence. I think it was because things were more profitable this way.
Originally Posted by MacCaulay
You say the word "capitalism" on this board and it's like people think of the Monopoly Man hunting homeless people for sport.