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Definition: Open Door
1. The policy was negotiated by
Secretary of State John Hay.
2. It said that China was open
to all countries who wanted to trade. Of course, China had no say in
this, as they were carved into zones controlled by foreigners known
as spheres of influence.
Generally, the policy was
created to protect American trading interests in China. They did not
want to lose Chinese trade to other European countries.
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