In December 1937, a Chinese resident living off Kiaochow
road reported the presence of corpses of children on the ground.
The adjective "temporary" reminded TR that in 1898 Kaiser Wilhelm II had "temporarily" acquired Kiaochow in China, on a lease that His Majesty had somehow lengthened to ninety-nine years.
TR replied, with a touch of sarcasm, that he was sure Wilhelm felt the same about Kiaochow and its ninety-nine-year lease.
85) In light of such talk Salisbury and Francis Bertie, the chief clerk with far eastern responsibility, suspected the Kaiser of having "big designs in China" to add to the exisiting naval base at Kiaochow
However, the presence in China of Russians, Japanese, and Germans (who forced China to relinquish Kiaochow
Bay, a prime coaling station, in March 1898) placed these hopes in peril.
Since the German navy, by way of compensation for the missionary murder, took possession of Kiaochow
 on the promontory in the east of the very same province of Shandong, it is often assumed that the emergence in 1898 of the Boxer movement in that province was a direct response to the aggressive intervention of the missionaries and their increasingly assertive converts, as well as to the perceived close link between the foreign missionary enterprise and an ever more threatening Wester n secular imperialism.
The Qingdao Soda Plant on Kiaochow
Bay, for example, has dramatically altered the condition of sediments.