China and the New Imperialism. p. 411. British and Chinese Trade. Prior to the 1800s, Chinese rulers placed strict limits on foreign trade China traded silk, porcelain, and tea, in exchange for gold and silver China experienced a trade surplus - exporting more than it imported
In 1899, a group of Chinese had formed a secret society, the Righteous Harmonious Fists
They trained in martial arts, and were dubbed, the “Boxers”
They wanted to force all foreign influence out of China
In 1900, they attacked foreigners across China and were easily defeated.