Austria-Hungary and China in

World War One

This project analyzes the period extending from 1914 to 1917, year of the declaration of war on Austria-Hungary by China, and the consequences thereof (also in the following years).


  • July 28th, 1914 - Austria-Hungary declares war to Serbia
  • August 6th, 1914 - Proclamation of China's neutrality
  • August 23rd 1914 - Japan declares war to Germany
  • August 25th 1914 - Japan declares war to Austria-Hungary
  • 1914 - Freezing of the French (majority) stakeholders' shares in the Hotung-Baugesellschaft. Sending from Beijing and Tianjin to Qingdao of Austro-Hungarian marines.
  • August 27th to November 7th, 1914 - Battle of Qingdao (Japanese and British forces versus German and Austro-Hungarian defenders)
  • September 3rd, 1914 - Theater of war established in Kiautschou Bay
  • July 31st 1917 - Unveiling of the "Goennert plot" in Tianjin, for the Entente Powers to take over the Austro-Hungarian concession
  • August 14th, 1917 - China declares war to Germany and Austria-Hungary, Retrocession of Tianjin's Austro-Hungarian concession to China


Project's contributors:

Mathieu Gotteland

Last update: 24. 10. 2016


The Double Monarchy and the Middle Kingdom:

International & Interdisciplinary Research Group about Austria-Hungary and China


President: Mathieu Gotteland, M.A.


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