China and the Open Door policy

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China and the Open Door policy.  By the 1890s, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and Japan had carved out special trading  privileges and spheres of influence for themselves in China. Not to be left out of a very lucrative  market, Secretary of State John Hay issued a series of diplomatic notes between 1899 and 1900 that  outlined what became known as the Open Door policy. The first note called on all countries to allow  open access to trade with China. Even though formal responses were never received from any  nation except Great Britain, Hay announced that everyone supported the American initiative. A new  obstacle to trade in China arose in June 1900 when Chinese nationalists organized a revolt, the  Boxer Rebellion, against foreign influence and laid siege to several embassies in Peking. Afraid that 
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