Italy had a concession in China. They were also after Chinas resources.
A concession zone in Tientsin was conceded to the Kingdom of Italy by Imperial China on 7 September 1901. It was administered by Italy's Consul and had a population of 6,261 in 1935, including 536 foreigners.
Several ships of the Italian Royal Navy (Regia Marina) were based at Tientsin. During World War II, the primary Italian vessels based at Tientsin were the minelayer Lepanto and the gunboat Carlotto.
On 10 September 1943, the Italian concession at Tientsin was occupied by Japan. In 1943, Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini's (however virtually powerless) Italian Social Republic relinquished the concession to the Japanese-sponsored 'Chinese National Government', a Japanese puppet state led by Wang Jingwei; it was never recognized by the Kingdom of Italy, the Republic of China, or most world governments. On 10 February 1947, by peace treaty, the zone was formally returned to Nationalist China by the Republic of Italy.
Italians were also involved against the Boxer Rebellion.
Photo of Italian Infantry in China.
More Italian Troops in China.
Read the following which contains more detailed information on Italys involvement in the Boxer Rebellion. Just scroll down to the tenth posting.http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php...01&t=156589
Spain did not really have any concessons in China nor troops. But a famous Spanish diplomat was involved in the treaty which came after the Boxer Rebellion. Spain got paid for the destruction of there legation which was in an isolated part of the city which was away from where most of the nations together had there legations.
Around this time both China and Spain were going down the drain. Spanish Silver from the Americas made Spain and China rich. Forty percent of that silver ended up in China has payment for Chinese made products. They say Spain and China started the first world global economy. Both declined around the same time. UK. ended up taking over.
Both China and Spain (together with Portugal) were pioneers in the rise of the first modern wave of globalization.
By putting into circulation in massive quantities the gold and silver found in its new possessions, Spain revolutionized the global economy and became the minting fabric of the world. As even Adam Smith recognized in 1776, the Spanish- American silver was the main means by which “distant parts of the world are connected with each other”.
For Ming China, the formation of the Spanish Empire and its essential role in the emerging financial networks were an unexpected bonus.
From the Song dynasty, China had relied on paper money as a means of exchange. After a succession of fiscal crises, trust in the value of paper money decreased. As the Chinese economy under the Ming continued manufacturing huge amounts of goods, the only way to avoid a collapse was to find alternative means to finance trade.
American silver was the solution. Under Spanish rule, from 1500 to 1800, the mines of Mexico and Peru produced around 85% of the world’s available silver. Over 40% of that silver ended up in China.
So by an extraordinary twist of history, the exploits of the Spanish conquistadores in America contributed to the health and survival of the Chinese Empire for the next two centuries.
Read this titled "Spain and China in the Age of Globalization" - http://www.theglobalist.com/storyid.aspx?storyid=7813