The United States, having a vested economic interest in China, announced an Open Door policy in 1899. On 20 June, the Chinese Boxers began an eight-week campaign of rebellion and violence against foreigners, including the United States. Thereafter, the foreign powers together established a multinational force to combat the Boxers. On 14 August, this 19,000 strong military force, including the USA, stormed into Beijing and re-established order.
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