Tomorrow is the centenary of the fall of the Chinese Empire. 2000 years of Imperial rule ended following a military uprising in Wuchang.
A complex series of events followed before Sun Yat-Sen was installed as the first president of the Republic of China.
Sun was an interesting choice as president. As well as being a revolutionary he was a congregationalist Christan, a bigamist and a physician.
He is credited with defining the "three principles of the People" - nationalism, democracy, and the people's livelihood. A such he is one of the few statesmen revered in both the Peoples Republic of China and the Republic of China (aka Taiwan). China