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Boxer Rebellion - Background and Links

Boxer Rebellion: The Righteous Fist

At the close of the 19th century, the United States cooperated with Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Japan in order to defeat the I Ho Ch'uan, a Chinese secret society that had besieged Westerners and Chinese Christians in Beijing.
   
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The I Ho Ch'uan, (righteous, harmonious fists), also known as the Boxers, gained power in China due to increasing resentment against the influence of Western powers, which had increased as a result of China's losses in the Opium Wars and the first Sino-Japanese War.

The Boxers began to draw attention through their attacks on foreigners, particularly Christian missionaries. While the Chinese Royalty officially denounced them, the Dowager Empress Tz'u Hsi secretly supported their activities.

The attacks came to a head in 1900 with the siege of Peking (now called Beijing) by 140,000 Boxers that drew the attention of the US and other powers that wanted to protect their interests in China. An international relief force of 19,000 was then organized, which included 2,500 U.S. sailors and Marines.

After the relief forces took the city, China was forced to sign a settlement that required it to pay reparations to the participating nations for the next 40 years. The US attempted to relieve the payments by using them to finance scholarships for Chinese students, and by 1924, the Senate remitted all further payments.

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