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comment Was there ever any doubt which side the USA would join?
@FelixGoldberg irrelevant to the post, but I want to point out the Anglo-Japanese treaty expired after WWI and was replaced by an alliance between Britain, USA, France and Japan (in theory). This is equivalent to no alliance at all. A Japanese delegate said to the British sarcastically 'at least, you gave the alliance a decent funeral'. Imagine the Japanese were pretty angry with the British. I agree this has little to do with racism, but the racial ideology was not so influential at the time of Anglo-Japanese alliance. I agree with your point but I think your example is not very relevant.
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
@T.E.D. IMO, things were different before and after Qin, therefore not comparable. With Qin, came the first use of the word emperor, standardisation of currency and writing, and especially the end of feudalism established the foundation for future reunification. The cause of subsequent divisions of the country were fundamentally different to before the warring state period; whereas under feudalism, the King divided the country between his kins and loyal subjects. Feudalism always meant trouble.
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
@T.E.D. I know I am 2 years late but Warring state period was before Han (unlike OP's question), so not such a good counter-example. Before Qin, there was a feudal system where the central government gave away lots of land to form principalities loyal to the king. This never happened (on an extensive scale) afterward.