9 October 2012

End of Empire

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

The 10th of October is still celebrated as the National Day of the Republic of China.

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