The article discusses the significance of Asia in the global order of the 19th century and early 20th century. The article examines the war between China and Japan that began in 1894 and the conflict's impact upon regional economic and political stability in Asia. The article also discusses the economic fallout from the Boxer Rebellion in 1900 and the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905. The article analyzes the strategic interests of Great Britain in Asia during the 19th century and states that British policy there was significantly connected to financial interests. The article discusses the impact that the expansion of Asian trade upon demographic mobility and the Asian labor movement, a cholera epidemic in Asia, and Christian missions from Europe in Asia.