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Breaking Down the Door The United States urges all nations claiming a sphere of influence in China to declare that all nations shall enjoy perfect equality of treatment for their commerce and navigation within such spheres httpwwwpinzlercomushistory opendoorsupphtmlWith these words the United States attempted to have a red carpet rolled out and the velvet ropes opened as they attempted to enter China In the late 19th century the United States told the world the purpose of the Open Door Policy was to obtain an equal opportunity to trade in China But the United States didnt want it to really be equal After all if it were equal there wouldnt have been any sort of conflict to begin with The US implied that they should be able to use England and Germanys ports free of all charges Exactly how would this qualify as fair England and Germany invested a lot of time money and hard work to build those ports and were then expected to let the rest of the world wear and tear their ports without charge That would be like me buying a car paying for all the gas and for it to be serviced but having to share it with a bunch of my friends who dont have to contribute whatsoever in the keeping of the car The United States came up with the Open Door Policy as a way to get out of having to pay the otherwise required user fees to use these ports The underlying goal of the United States Open Door Policy the need for cheap labor is not as sugar coated as the previous goal stated It is how it sounds We went all the way across the Pacific to bring back people to work for next to nothing in dangerous factory settings This makes me think that the working class Americans probably felt the same way towards the Chinese then as many working class
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