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I assume that you are asking what happened in 1898 that had to do with foreign policy in the US. I have changed your question to reflect this.
The most important thing that happened in 1898 was the Spanish American War. The Spanish American War was important for the United States because it gave the US a world-wide empire. After this war, the US controlled territories as far away as the Philippine Islands. This meant that the US had a way to project power far away from its home territory. It also meant that US foreign policy would need to take into account events thousands of miles away from the US. This led, for example, to the fact that the US had to worry about Japan's actions in Asia in the time leading up to World War II,.
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