The Open Door Note and
The Open Door Policy

What was the Open Door Note?

The Open Door Note was sent from the US Secretary of State, John Hay, to Britain, Germany, France, Russia, Italy and Japan in 1899 as a result of China’s lease of the port of Kiaochow and Shantung province to Germany.

John Hay is worried, fearing that US trade with China may suffer in this area as a result of the lease and wants reassurances that it won’t.

As a result, he proposes that all interested powers have equal access (free trade) to China.

Open Door Policy (1899)

Information from this page was primarily sourced from information provided to me by my previous teacher, Mr Joshua Tillott.