Originally posted by @ashiitaka
Pride in one’s race – and that does not imply contempt for other races – is also a normal and healthy sentiment. I have never regarded the Chinese or the Japanese as being inferior to ourselves. They belong to ancient civilizations, and I admit freely that their history is superior to our own.
- Hitler ( I think?)
He was interested in China and Japan ...[text shortened]... in Germany. Hitler chose Japan over China because he thought their military better than China's.
Can Ash please cite a detailed source for his quotation?
It's well-known that Hitler condemned the Soviets in racial terms as 'Asiatics' and 'Mongols'.
The Nazis tended to treat captured Soviet Asian POWs more harshly than any others except for Jews.
The fighting between the Waffen-SS and Soviet Asians was driven by racial hatred, no quarter given.
It's well-known that Hitler had a record of insincere self-serving statements.
If HItler truly believed in racial equality between even the Japanese and Germans, then why
was there an incident when a Japanese diplomat sought permission to marry a German woman?
The Nazis argued about whether they should refuse permission and risk offending Japan
or give permission and risk offending the more zealous (or principled) racists among them.
"I believe some Kuomintang forces were trained in Germany."
Yes. It was a business proposition. Germany trained some Chinese officers and pilots.
China was Germany's main supplier of tungsten (wolfram), vital for German war industry.
In exchange, Germany offered the Chinese some of the best available military training.
German military advisers served Chiang Kai-shek. The first German officer to be killed
in action in the 1930s died while helping the Chinese fight Japan in the Battle of Shanghai.
After Hitler decided to ally with Japan and ordered German advisers to return home,
some of them (having private anti-Nazi views) refused and stayed in China.
The first US citizen to become a fighter ace after the First World War was Arthur Chin,
a Chinese American (his mother was a Latina) who was trained by the Luftwaffe and
fought for China against Japan. Mostly flying a British Gloster Gladiator biplane, he
shot down 8.5 aircraft.
"Chin is recognized as America's first ace in World War II. A half-century after the war ended,
the U.S. government recognized Chin as an American veteran by awarding him the
Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal."