Historical Dictionary of United States-China Relations by Robert Sutter

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Qxd 10/11/05 6:48 AM Page xxxix INTRODUCTION • xxxix United States was seen to have behaved benignly toward China, especially when compared with the European powers and Japan that repeatedly coerced and attacked China militarily. The US government repeatedly voiced support of China’s territorial and national integrity. Through missionary and other activities, including education activities that brought tens of thousands of Chinese students for higher education in the United States by the 1940s, Americans also showed strong sympathy and support for the broader welfare of the Chinese people.

W. Bush in New York City. April: Great Britain appointed Christopher Patten as Hong Kong governor, beginning a period of much greater British activism to promote democracy in the territory prior to handover to China in 1997. August: The United States adopted the Hong Kong Policy Act, demonstrating the US government’s strong interest in promoting democracy and economic development in Hong Kong as the territory moved to Chinese sovereignty. September: President Bush approved the sale of 150 F-16 jet fighters to Taiwan, representing the most significant US arms sale to Taiwan following the break in official relations in 1979.

A grassroots anti-foreign, anti-dynastic insurrection in northern China, the Boxers came to receive support from some Chinese officials, and by 1899 and 1900 they was carrying out widespread attacks against foreign missionaries and Chinese Christians. The insurgents occupied Peking and Tientsin, besieging foreign legations and settlements. About 20,000 foreign troops were mustered, including thousands of Americans, to end the siege and put down the insurgents. They ended the siege of Tientsin in July 1900 and Peking in August 1900.

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