"China had no status in world affairs, the weak Qing Dynasty was perfect for Europeans to exploit, and the powerless Qing government was forced to sign numerous unequal treaties, in which European forces used military threat to gain Chinese territories and trade advantage. This weakness, plus the witnessing Chinese land being forcibly taken away in front of their very eyes, propelled the Chinese population into a nationalist frenzy, the most prominent being the Boxers, who sought to remove every last bit of foreign influence from China and expel the invaders completely. It was because China had no status in the world that forced the Boxers to take drastic action to protect their country, often using extreme methods. Western powers may have branded the Boxers as violent extremists, but who first invaded their country and forced them to act violently to protect their nation? And who subsequently deployed overwhelming military force just to deter a small band or rebels? Resulting in the sacking, burning, and looting of Beijing, come to be known as the ""Rape of Peking""? Half of the collection on display in the British Museum came from looted goods in the Rape of Peking."
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