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w/carving China up into spheres of influence. The US,
however, wanted to keep them out as much as possible
to protect US commerce and missionaries.
- Hence the Open Door policy – equal trade opportunity.
The other powers weren’t too thrilled; even after the
Boxer Rebellion, which the US helped put down, a
second Open Door policy note went for the most part
unnoticed. For the US, though, the use of the policy was
a big deal b/c it was to stay a major part of FP for years
to come as an instrument for opening, and then
- Anyhow, the new power in Asia was Japan, esp.
following the Russo-Japanese War. Concessions were
made in the Taft-Katsura Agreement [Japanese
hegemony over Korea in return for US Philippines] and
the Root-Takahira Agreement [Japan Manchuria for US
- Taft believed he could stop the Japanese by using
dollar diplomacy, which required the use of private
funds for investment in order to further diplomatic goals –
so he built a RRD in China, but that didn’t help, esp. due
to the bad treatment of Japanese citizens living in the US
[segregation, discrimination, restrictions on immigration].
179 The Japanese insisted on power over all China d. WWI,
and the US couldn’t do anything…
*Latin America Redux*
- After the SACFW, the US continued to assert its
hegemony throughout Latin America. For instance: Cuba [again] – Soon enough, the “pacification”
part of the Teller Amendment was used to justify
US control, and troops stayed until 1902. The US
also imposed the Platt Amendment (1903 –
1934) on Cuba, which forced all treaties to go
through the US first and granted the US the right
to intervene to preserve independence and
domestic order. Troops returned intermittently as
a result of protests of the PA, which gave Cuba no
independence at all. Puerto Rico – Taken under the Treaty of Paris
[SACFW], PR was quickly disillusioned about their
new rulers, as the US was condescending and
obnoxious. Panama – Inspired by the Suez canal, US
businessmen, politicians, diplomats, and navy
guys all decided they wanted one too. Although
the Clayton-Bulwer Treaty (1850) provi...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2014 for the course APUSH AP United taught by Professor Orban during the Fall '10 term at Harrison High School, Harrison.
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