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  • The Siege of the International Legations occurred during the Boxer Rebellion in the Chinese city of Beijing. Menaced by the Boxers, an anti-Christian, anti-invasion peasant movement, 900 soldiers, marines and civilians, largely from Europe, Japan, and the United States, and about 2,800 Chinese Christians took refuge in the Beijing Legation Quarter. The Qing government took the side of the Boxers. The foreigners and Chinese Christians in the Legation Quarter survived a 55-day siege by the Qing Army and the Boxers. The siege was broken by an international military force which marched from the coast of China, defeated the Qing army, and occupied Beijing. The siege was called by the New York Sun "the most exciting episode ever known to civilization."