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TRAGEDY OF CHINESE
REVOLUTION - PART I


Xin Hai Revolution: External vs Internal Inducements
Manchu Army System & Northern Warlords
Founding Of The Republic Of China (ROC)
Yuan Shi-kai - First President of ROC
Song Jiaoren - Re-organization of Kuomingtang (KMT)
Song Jiaoren's Assassination Death & Second Revolution
Yuan Shi-kai Trampling On Republic
First World War & China - Japan's Twenty-one Demands
Yuan Shi-kai's Imperial Enthronement
The Republic Restoration Wars
Duan Qirui's Ascension To Power, & Compromises
Re-convening of Parliament & Revival Of Parties
Duan Qirui's Premier Post vs Li Yuanhong's Presidency
Zhang Xun's Restoration Of Imperial House
Southern Government & Protecting 'Interim Agreed-Upon Laws'
Civil Wars Among Northern Warlords
Russia, Britain & Japan - Tibet, Xinjiang, Mongolia & Manchuria
Russian Revolution: Nationalism vs Internationalism
Sun Yat-sen's Return To Canton After Expelling Gui-xi
"Allying Multiple Provinces For Self-Determination"
Cai Yuanpei, Hu Shi, Chen Duxiu & New Culture Movement
WWI, Workers' Awakening & Their Anti-Imperialism Role
Versailles Conference & May 4th Students' Movement
USSR/Comintern Seeking & Implanting Chinese Partners
Guangdong-Guangxi War & Li Zongren's Emergence
Chen Jiongming Rebellion Against Sun Yat-sen
USSR / Comintern Alliance With KMT & CCP
KMT First National Congress (Jan 1924)
Founding of Chinese Communist Party
CCP-Organized Workers' Movements
Peasants' Poverty Is China's Poverty
Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung) & Peasant/Land Revolution
Borodin, Moscow & Chinese Revolution
Li Zongren Quelling Guangxi & Wars In Southwest China
Chiang Kai-shek & Whampoa Military Academy
5-30 Bloody Incident, HK-Guangdong Strike, & Boycotts
Wang Jingwei & KMT Left-Wing
Zhongshan Warship Incident
Northern Expeditions & Unification Of China
KMT Purging CCP: Tragedy of The 'Grand Revolution'
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Excerpts of Zou Rong's "Revolutionary Army"
 
[translation by apparently Frank Dikötter and the sort who had no clue about "Chinese racism/nationalism" of 1900s at which time revolutionary forerunners had undergone stages of cognizance as to "social Darwinism" but adopted for the Republic of China the "Five Color National Flag" [1912-1928], which was symbolic of the union of five ethnic groups of Han, Mongol, Manchu, Tibetan & Hui Muslim]
 
" Sweep away millennia of despotism in all its forms, throw off millennia of slavishness, annihilate the five million and more of the furry and horned Manchu race, cleanse ourselves of 260 years of harsh and unremitting pain, so that the soil of the Chinese subcontinent is made immaculate, and the descendants of the Yellow Emperor will all become Washingtons. Then they will return from the dead to life again, they will emerge from the Eighteen Levels of Hell and rise to the Thirty Three mansions of Heaven, in all their magnificence and richness to arrive at their zenith, the unique and incomparable of goals - revolution. How sublime is revolution, how majestic! I follow thereupon the line of the Great Wall, scale the Kunlun Mountains, travel the length of the Yangzi, follow to its source the Yellow River. I plant the standard of independence, ring the bell of freedom. My voice re-echos from heaven to earth, I crack my temples and split my throat in crying out to my fellow-countrymen: revolution is inevitable for China today. It is inevitable if the Manchu yoke is to be thrown off; it is inevitable if China is to be independent; it is inevitable is to take its place as a powerful nation on the globe; it is inevitable if China is to survive for long in the new world of the 20th century; it is inevitable if China is to be a great country in the world and play the leading role. Stand up for Revolution! Fellow-countrymen, are there any of you whether old or in middle years, in your prime of life or young, be it man or woman, who is talking of revolution or working actively for revolution? Fellow countrymen, assist each other and live for each other in revolution. I here cry at the top of my voice to spread the principles of revolution throughout the land. Revolution is the universal principle of evolution. Revolution is the essence of the struggle for survival of destruction in a time of transition. Revolution submits to heaven and responds to men's needs. Revolution rejects what is corrupt and keeps the good. Revolution is the advance from barbarism to civilization. Revolution turns slaves into masters ... "

 
 
Recently, I have noticed a trend among the academics to call into doubt Dr. Sun Yat-sen in regards to his thoughts on the Parliamentary versus presidential politics. Liu Xiao-bo claimed that Dr. Sun Yat-sen was no better than warlord President Yuan Shi-kai because Dr. Sun Yat-sen was against Song Jiao-ren's Parliamentarism: Liu Xiao-bo said that on Dec 26th, 1911, Sun Yat-sen opposed Song Jiao-ren's Parliamentary structure, adamantly advocated the presidential structure, and hence Sun was elected 'Interim President of the ROC'. Liu Xiao-bo further stated naively that after the 20 March 1913 assassination of Song Jiaoren by Yuan Shikai, Sun decided to launch the 'Second Revolution' instead of resorting to the Parliament for impeachment of Yuan Shikai. Liu Xiaobo summarized that the success of the Xin Hai Revolution in overthrowing the Manchu rule should be ascribed to the so-called "autonomous movements" among various provinces against a centralized decadent Manchu government. Liu Xiaobo's claim, incidentally, was related to their dilemma in finding a solution to today's totalitarian and/or neo-authoritarian communist rule in China. The solution, in their opinions, would be that of federationism or commonwealth and a revival of Parliamentarism.
 
Hsueh Chun-tu, in "Huang Xing & The Chinese Revolution", concluded that Manchu Dynasty's demise could be attributed to: 1) the imperialist nations' invasion against China; ii) unrest of the Chinese peasantry; iii) the rise of Chinese bourgeoisie; and iv) the transfer of power to Han-ethnic generals from the Manchu banners in the aftermath of the Taiping rebellion. Beginning with Paul Linebarger's "Our Chinese Chances Through Europe's War" & "Sun Yat-sen & The Chinese Republic", Americans also analyzed China's revolution from external perspective. American Mary C. Wright, in 1968, claimed that the secret societies under Song Jiaoren, not Sun Yat-sen's "Allied Society", played the role of overthrowing the Manchu rule. Jiang Yongjing, in "The Land-Sea Ebb History of the KMT", did not cover up Song Jiaoren's dispute with Sun Yat-sen in launching an independent "Tong Meng Hui" in the Yangtze River area, which was to fulfill Song Jiaoren's middle tactic of achieving the revolution success in the Yangtze River area against Sun Yat-sen's emphasis on southern China. The three leading Xin Hai revolutionaries with 'wu' given name, in addition to Xiong Bingkun who led the charge at the Chuwangtai Weapons Depot, were all subordinate to Song Jiaoren. Song Jiao-ren's contributions notwithstanding, Jiang Yongjing attributed the multiple-province members recruited and disciplined by "Tong Meng Hui" to the success of the domino-effect provincial independence during the 1911 Xin Hai Revolution. Historian Shen Yunlong called the attention to Manchu Qing's abolition of the imperial civil services exam as a fundamental cause in re-orienting innumerable talented revolutionaries towards services under Manchu Qing's re-organized New Army, and Shen Yunlong attributed Manchu Governor-general Zhang Zhidong's arts and military academies to the upbringing of a generation of revolutionaries who played the pivotal role in the 1911 soldier uprising at Wuchang, Hubei Province.
 
Criticisms of Sun Yat-sen have merits. Scholar Yuan Weishi blamed Sun Yat-sen's Second Revolution as a cause of the KMT's decline in early history of China's politics and a bad example for China's modern history, and further praised Cai Er (Cai E) and Liang Qi-chao as the pillar forces responsible for capsizing Yuan Shi-kai's imperial enthronement.
 
Dr Sun Yat-sen's Feats & Faults
Xin Hao-nian's analysis of the Nationalist Revolutions of the early 20th century, however, show us a true and exact Dr. Sun Yat-sen, namely, a truly patriotic, altruistic, generous and wise person. Dr. Sun Yat-sen proposed the 'Three People-ism' (i.e., Three People's Principles) as the theories guiding China's democratic revolutions, and he further devised the 'Five Branches Of Government', which was to add the ancient Chinese censor or inspector system and examination system to the tripartite power structure of the West. It was Sun Yat-sen who first proposed the establishment of the Republic of China, the R.O.C., in 1903 and advocated the concept of 'national revolution' as a distinction from "pingmin geming" (i.e., 'ordinary people/banditry revolution'). Dr. Sun Yat-sen's altruism was shown in his surrendering his post of 'interim presidency' to Yuan Shi-kai for sake of avoiding further bloodshedding, and it was not his first time to have surrendered the leadership. Dr Sun Yat-sen, for sake of unity, had personally visited Yuan Shi-kai in Peking and engaged over a dozen days of tête-à-tête discussions with Yuan Shikai. After seeing that the Xin Hai Revolution was betrayed by the warlord government, he laid out the three stages for China to evolve to democracy. Dr. Sun Yat-sen laid out the three stages of 'Jun Zheng' (military government), 'Xun Zheng' (KMT supervised government), and 'Xian Zheng' (constitutional government) after reflecting on the incompleteness of the Xin Hai Revolution, i.e., the 1911 Revolution that overthrew the Manchu rule. Xin Hao-nian, in "Which Is The New China?" (copyright 1999, Blue Sky Publishing House,
http://www.ifcss.org/xin_haonian/book_chapters/toc.html ), expounded the background, context and process of three stages of 'Jun Zheng', 'Xun Zheng', and 'Xian Zheng' as practiced by the Kuomintang (KMT) Government of Chiang Kai-shek.
 
Dr. Sun Yat-sen, however, had his shortcomings. Like generations of people in the 20th century, Sun Yat-sen had naive and utopian fondness for the Russian October Revolution of 1911. He misunderstood Lenin's "goodwill" lip-service in nullifying the unequal treaties imposed on China by Czar Russia, and hence entered into an alliance with the Soviet Union and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). From 1920 to 1923, the USSR continuously sent representatives to China for talks with northern/southern warlords as well as with Dr. Sun Yat-sen and the communism activists. Joffe, a representative of Lenin, came to Shanghai, and on Jan 26th, 1923, promised to Sun Yat-sen in a joint declaration that they would help China to reunite under Three People-ism without implanting communism in China. Mikhail Borodin's military supplies (120,000 rifles) and a package of 2 million Mexican dollars in annual aid made Sun Yat-sen declare a new policy of 'allying with the USSR and allowing the CCP members to join the KMT individually'. (Xin Hao-nian mentioned that Dr. Sun might have mis-judged CCP's destabilizing capabilities because the CCP possessed only 432 members by the end of 1923. Scholar Xu Zerong's claim of 120,000 Russian rifles might not be up to par in both number and quality: In May 1926, Chiang Kai-shek mentioned that he could allocate some of the 10,000 Russian rifles to Guangxi Prov's 7th Corps[, but Li Zongren had to remind Chiang Kai-shek several times before receiving about 1000 Russian rifles and 4 heavy machineguns]. The Russian weapons happened to be WWI-era outdated guns that were possibly caught from the Germans.)
 
Sun Yat-sen's decision to ally with Russia and the CCP was induced by the antagonisms from the imperialistic powers. Sun Yat-sen complained to reporters of "New York Times" in July, 1923 about this kind of imperialistic antagonisms towards the Chinese revolution. As pointed out by Xin Hao-Nian, Dr. Sun Yat-sen's decision to withhold surplus from the Canton Customs was opposed by the various imperialistic powers. In December of 1923, Britain, the U.S., France, Japan, Italy and Portugal etc sent their warships and gunboats to Canton to exert pressure on Sun Yat-sen for sake of protesting against the threatened customs tax withholding. It is no strange that the imperialist powers would oppose Sun Yat-sen since China's revolution was induced by the invasions of the foreign powers in the first place. From the outset of the Xin Hai Revolution of 1911, imperialist powers had opposed China's democracy process, and this is best exemplified by the U.S. ambassador's pressuring the Manchu government into recalling Yuan Shi-Kai for sake of cracking down on the Xin Hai Revolution. That is what I will call here as the Tragedy of Chinese Revolution, not the same as Harold Isaacs' book Tragedy of The Chinese Revolution, i.e., the Chinese revolution failed as a result of the ideological difference between Lenin, Stalin, Bukharin and Trotsky on the matter whether China's revolution was at the stage of the Russian 1905 Revolution or the Russian 1917 Revolution.

 
At http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2004/3123morgan_v_dr_sun.html, Mike Billington wrote for "Executive Intelligence Review" an article entitled "How London, Wall Street Backed Japan's War Against China and Sun Yat Sen", pointing out the behind-the-scene manipulations as to "SYNARCHISM AND WORLD WAR". As stated by Mike Billington, "... British synarchist banking interests, centered around Bank of England head Montagu Norman, Hongkong and Shanghai Bank director Sir Charles Addis, and J.P. Morgan chief executive Thomas Lamont, deployed militarily and politically to destroy Sun Yat Sen and his influence. ... when their subversion and looting failed to crush Sun's republican movement, the British threw their weight behind the synarchist/fascist forces in Japan, financing the Japanese military occupation of the Chinese mainland... By 1931, J.P. Morgan had floated $263 million in loans for Japanese borrowers, including direct loans to the government in 1930", with quite some of the funds going direct to the Southern Manchurian Railway under disguise to avert the world opinions. Anglo-American hostility and subversion against China continued well into the 1940s, at which time General Wedemeyer, right after succession of Stilwell's post in 1944, reported to Washington DC in a cable, stating that "...British Ambassador personally suggested to me that a strong unified China would be dangerous to the world and certainly would jeopardize the white man's position immediately in Far East and ultimately throughout the world". More available at Century-long American hypocrisy towards China, Anglo-American & Jewish romance with Japanese, and What Foreign Powers Did To The Flowery Republic Prior To, During And After The 1911 Revolution. (Anglo-American supremacists, today, should have no worry about China anymore since the so-called "elites" of China, relatives and families of Chinese government officials, and the "street and market people of the cities", men and women included, had already capitulated to the West. What remained "unconquered" would be the humblest people of this earth, i.e., peasant Chinese, whom the communist government had already enslaved and bondaged on behalf of the West. Chinese communist rulers, who were pre-occupied with "pleasure-seeking and literature-decoration" like Manchu rulers, would most likely lose badly during the next confrontation which could be very well against the old feud [i.e., Japan, now a lethal force under American umbrella, but having no memory of either the pardon from the Republic of China or the humiliation of being declined a decent surrender by Russians].)
 
Dr. Sun Yat-sen had deficiencies, too. His "Three People's Principles" had been ambiguous. Later, Borodin modified the principles into factual policies: Per Harold Isaacs, Borodin modified Sun Yat-sen's ambiguous Three People's Principles, like "restriction of capital" and "equalization of rights in the land", and made them into something like a "25 percent reduction in land rents" and a promise of "labor code". Sun Yat-sen, in order to secure imperialists' support for the 1911 Xin Hai Revolution, had been ambivalent to foreign powers as to the unequal treaties imposed on Manchu China. Per JYJ, Sun Yat-sen had always upheld the agenda of 'quelling internal enemies before expelling external invaders'; as shown in his policy difference with Huang Xing etc, in 1915, Sun Yat-sen called on revolutionaries to oppose Yuan Shi-kai's treachery rather than unite behind Yuan Shi-kai for a concerted struggle against Japan's 21 Demands. (Sun Yat-sen, in his 1925 trip to Peking for meeting with Duan Qirui, did insist that Peking government should not acknowledge the unequal treaties with the West and Japan. Duan Qirui continued the unequal treaties in exchange for the imperialists' acknowledgement of the Peking government.) Sun Yat-sen, in order to win support from USSR, had contacted Lenin two times in 1918 and expressed much softer stance on Mongolia independence and China Eastern Railroad in 1922 correspondence with Joffe. Dr. Sun Yat-sen, after Jan 26th 1923 Sun-Joffe Joint Statement, had fallen into a de facto Soviet agent, sowing the seeds of struggles and conflicts between KMT and CCP as well as the disasters of the Chinese people in 20th century.
 
More, Dr. Sun Yat-sen was commented to have possible disregard for human life and to have resorted to political assassinations as well. Scholar Yuan Weishi pointed out that Sun Yat-sen, using his followers (i.e., Zhu Zhixin, Huang Dawei, Zhang Ji, Ju Zheng and Tian Tong), were behind the assassinations and attempted assassinations of Dian-jun General Fang Shengtao in Jan 1918, Navy Minister Cheng Guangbi on Feb 26 1918, Yue-jun General Chen Jiongming in April 1922, and Deng Keng (? doubtful in light of Ding Zhongjiang description). One more possibly implicating event would be Chiang Kai-shek's assassination of Tao Chengzhang inside of Guangci Hospital at the order of Chen Qimei on Jan 14th 1912 since Tao Chengzhang, three days before, had received a letter from Sun Yat-sen demanding an explanation for Tao's 1909 accusations of 14 crimes that Sun Yat-sen had committed on the matter of funds raising and appropriation.

 
Xin Hao-nian's research and dissertation on modern Chinese history is incredible in that very few people inside of China could have gained extraordinary insights and judgments into the historical events that had occurred in the 20th century. According to his Foreword, he began to gain this kind of insight beginning from 1985 when the CCP declared 'national heroes' for 85 Nationalist generals who died in the Resistance Wars Against Japan. In then China, everybody was living in the 'Dark Ages', with no knowledge of truth aside from the CCP propaganda. Short-wave radios were in no existence during the whole time period of the Cultural Revolution (CR). Occasionally, I could tune in to 'the Voice of Free China' Cantonese version via medium-wave. I remembered that one day during the CR, a truck carrying several tightly-bound 'convicts' rotated to the working unit for 'parade prosecution' by the masses,: among those on the truck was a young man classified as so-called 'reactionary caught red-handed' for listening to enemy stations. In late 1970s, after the fall of the Gang of Four (ultra-leftists), CCP's 3rd Plenary of the 11th Session proposed liberalization of thoughts in late 1978. 'Wounds Literature' popped out, describing various persecutions and tortures that the communist leaders and their families had endured during the CR. The movie 'Bitter Love' described two lovers and their stories during CR. Some movies ("Legends Of Tianyunshan Mountains", e.g.) carried 'Wounds Literature' further, beyond the CR, to the Anti-Rightists Movement of late 1950s. While still in junior high school, in 1980, I read about a book called 'Ten Year History of Cultural Revolution'. I also had access to Chinese version of Edgar Snow's 'Red Star Over China' as well as some torn-apart old book about communist warfare in Manchuria; I read about the traitor-general Lin Biao and his wars against KMT in Manchuria, especially the siege of Changchun city wherein over 300,000 civilians were starved to death as a result of communists' blockade of the city and refusal to allow civilians exit the city. ('Xue3 [snow] Bai [white], Xue4 [blood] Hong [red] by Zhang Zhengrong is a good reference book on this subject.) Liberal criticisms of CCP would soon end as an episode called the 'Beijing Spring'. Soon, political control was tightened after Deng successfully overthrew Mao-designated heir (Hua Guofeng). on Jan 29th, 1981, Deng Xiao-ping, to justify his crackdown on the 'Xidan Democracy Wall', would launch the theory of 'Four Insistencies', namely, Insisting On Communist Dictatorship [i.e., People's Democratic Dictatorship]. A warning, related to the criticism of the Movie 'Bitter Love', was issued to the entertainment industries and propaganda ministry. Around 1983, in the college library, I could still find books like 'The Third Road' (circulation 8000 copies nationwide) written by some East European communist leader. In late 1983, a short term movement called 'Anti-Bourgeois Liberalization & Anti-Westernization' was launched, but it lasted 27 days due to lack of support. My American professor would be allowed to set up a section in the departmental library and her overseas friends kept sending over various books. Salisbury's 'New Long March' would change my perception of the communist dictatorship, and histories about the Korean War further convinced me that whatever CCP propaganda talked about would be sheer lies. In December 1986, First Students' Movement erupted in major cities like Beijing, demanding democracy as well as punishment of corrupted officials. Another 'Anti-Bourgeois Liberalization Movement' followed in early 1987, and CCP Secretary General Hu Yao-bang was forced to resign by Deng and the Politburo. Hu's death in 1989 would trigger the Second Students' Movement which ended in the June 4th Massacre of 1989.
 
This section could be deemed a continuation of the dynastic substitutions from Prehistory to Qing.
 
 
Xin Hai Revolution: External vs Internal Inducements
 
Quite a few people had recently uncovered the facts surrounding the Boxers' Movement of 1900 and the subsequent invasion by 'Eight Allied Nations'. A noteworthy person would be Bei Ming of 'Radio Free Asia'. The main spirits of this kind of research would be to point out that United States had acted fairly before, during and after the crackdowns on the Boxers. Further, Bei Ming etc claimed that the United States had acted as the most altruistic of all in voluntarily refunding the overcharged 'war compensations' from damages caused by the Boxers, in the form of scholarships for supporting Chinese overseas studies in America. Bei Ming, in description of boxers' arson of the adjacent Imperial Library and the British Legation, unscrupulously commented that the British prized Chinese classics books more than the Chinese the same way as today's foreigners giving more love to tens of thousands of baby girls whom the Chinese government sell to the west for an adoption fee of US$5,000 to $20,000. (Increasing interest in Chinese baby girls had encouraged a new form of human smuggling business in China, with a Chinese news report of an interception of a truck carrying 28 baby girls wrapped up in cloth. Note that in US, revenue services would offer as much as $10k as annual adoption tax exemption. The impact on the growth of Asian baby girls was never assessed, and some advocates acknowledged that China had only begun its overseas adoption project in 1994, thus yielding no statistics for research yet. However, in 1990, I personally met a Dunlap family in the mid-West and encountered a Korean girl who, apparently used as a "baby wife", was said to be engaged with their boy. More abhorrent example would be related to Woody Allen etc who treated adopted Korean girl as a concubine. The obsession with baby girls could be exemplified by the long list of missing girls advertised on Internal Revenue Services Publication 17.)
 
Per DZJ, Zhou Ziqi, a graduate of Beijing's "Tong Wen Guan" [i.e., "same language house" interpreter school] and later a Manchu Qing emissary to US, had been responsible for negotiating with US in regards to refunding the 12,000,000 US dollars. It was never a spontaneous act of the US in the refund. (Japan, out of boxer indemnity, established an annual sole-quota scholarship for Chinese on the precondition that recipient swore allegiance to Hirohito. In late 1920s, Hu Qiuyuan yielded the Japanese Imperial Scholarship in preference for a Hubei Provincial scholarship for attending Waseda University. Later in 1932, Mussolini offered to pay Italian advisers with money from overcharged boxer-related war damages in exchange of China's purchasing Italian airplanes in the amount of several million of US dollars. Also see century-long American hypocrisy towards China & American manipulations of Chinese politics [e.g., Stilwell's instigating General Bai Chongxi, Stuart's instigating Li Zongren, and McArthur's instigating General Sun Liren].)
 
The so-called 'Open Door Policy' were exalted by Bei Ming as a fundamental US policy safeguarding Manchu China's territorial integrity during various imperialist powers' games of 'water-melon partitioning'. 'Open Door Policy' never stopped Russia from encroaching on China's territories in Manchuria and Xinjiang [New Dominion Prov]. ('Open Door Policy', first put forward by John Hay, Secretary of State in the McKinley Administration in 1899, was supposedly accepted by Germany, Russia, Britain, France, Italy, and Japan on solar calendar Sept 6th of 1899, which was to assure commercial equality for all powers in China.)
 
We want to ask a question here: Was United States a truly altruistic country which saw Chinese people's interests more important than their own interests? The answer is 'No'. As pointed out by at Chinese Americans in Corvallis (Oregon), "the Opium Wars waged against China by England, with the encouragement of American President John Quincy Adams, resulted in massive suffering in the (Chinese) countryside (and the cities) as the English and American drug cartels pushed their wares into every small village in Asia (China) as a means of paying for massive imports of Chinese tea and silk." Note that John Quincy Adams had said, "The seizer of a few thousand chests of opium smuggled into China by the Chinese government was no more the cause of the Opium War than the throwing overboard of the tea in the Boston harbor was the cause of North American Revolution." (Details about the Opium War was covered in qing.htm section.) Moreover, ensuing the 1856 Second Opium War or the Arrow War, British and French troops compelled the Manchu government into signing the 'Treaties of Tianjin or Tientsin' (June, 1858), to which France, Russia, and the United States were also parties. Opium War led to an indemnity of 21 million Mexican dollars as damages for the British and the cession of HK Island. Second Opium War caused Manchu China to indemnify Britain with 12,000,000 taels of silver and France with 6,000,000 taels of silver. Furthermore, John Foster, former US secretary of State, had been the culprit in pushing through the Treaty of Shimonoseki of April 17th of 1895 by volunteering to take the treaty to Peking for Manchu emperor's ratification, accompanying Li Jingfang to Taiwan for transferring Taiwan, and acting as the ultimate "facilitator" with a claim that Western diplomatic protocol would allow transfer to be legalized with a signed affidavit rather than to be validated by a de facto personal ceremony on Taiwan Island. Also note that US government, after acquiring Hawaii in summer of 1898 and Philippines in Dec 1898, applied "Chinese Exclusion Act" to Chinese on the two islands, and further, President Theodore Roosevelt signed into law to have "Chinese Exclusion Act" applied throughout US-controlled islands and territories over the world.
 
Xin Hao-Nian reminded us that at the outset of Xin Hai Revolution of 1911, touched off by the soldier rebellion in Wuchang, Hubei Province, the American minister-envoy, together with the diplomatic corps, had been responsible for pressuring the Manchu government into recalling warlord Yuan Shi-Kai just for sake of restoring Manchu order and cracking down on Xin Hai Revolution. Almost all imperialistic powers sailed their warships and gunboats along the Yangtze River in demonstration of their opposition to the revolutionary 'Provisional Government' in Wuchang City.
 
Manchu Qing Dynasty, after the humiliation of the Second Opium War, began to devote itself to the cause of reform. It launched the 'Foreign Enterprises Movement' (i.e., "Yangwu Yundong" or "Self-Strengthening Movement" from 1874 to 1895) with the assignment of South-Sea Minister and North-Sea Minister in 1858 and the buildup of Manchu navies, earlier than Japan's Meiji Restoration of 1868. But it would end in the destruction of the Manchu fleet inside of the Weihaiwei Harbor during the 1894-1895 Sino-Japanese War. This shattered the self-strengthening dreams completely. 1895 Treaty of Shimonoseki incarcerated China with 230,000,000 taels of silver and cession of Taiwan (Formosa) and Penghu Islands (the Pescadores), in addition to Japan's control of Korea. Thereafter, reformists, like Kang You-wei, persuaded Emperor Guangxu into reforming the system itself. This led to the power struggles between conservatives and reformers which ended in Hundred Day Reformation. Empress Dowager Cixi's plot to revenge on foreigners by means of the boxers would lead to 1900 Invasion by Eight Allied Powers, resulting in a loss of 450,000,000 taels of silver which was to accrue to 982,000,000 tales with interests included throughout the installments for 39 years. (In 1943, 'Boxer Protocol' was nullified after a total payment of 670 million taels of silver.)
 
Meantime, revolutionaries, such as Dr. Sun Yat-sen, had resorted to overthrowing the Manchu rule as an alternative way to rescuing China. Dr. Sun Yat-sen, who was denoted a doctor for his graduation from a medical college in HK, organized 'Xing Zhong Hui', i.e., 'Society For Reviving China' (Society to Revive China), in Honolulu in 1894 (Oct [lunar calendar]).
 
In A.D. 1898. Russia forced China into leasing Port Arthur. During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion, Russia occupied Manchuria and slaughtered Chinese in batches. Dr. Sun Yat-sen, after the abortive First Canton Uprising In 1895, would launch the Huizhou Uprising in 1900 by taking advantage of the boxer debacle. Further details about Dr Sun Yat-sen could be seen at Sun Yat-sen's Devotion To Armed Rebellion.
 
Revolutionaries had conducted numerous Assassinations & Uprisings. There were numerous uprisings and assassinations during this time period. Assassins would include Shi Jianru, Tang Caichang, Wan Fuhua, Huang Xing, Wu Yue, Hu Ying, Wang Han, Xu Xilin , Wang Zhaoming (i.e., Wang Jingwei), Huang Shuzhong and Luo Shixun etc.
 
Empress Dowager Cixi's government, under the pressure of both reformers and revolutionaries, would murmur reform in 1901. On Jan 29th, Manchu court pronounced "xin zheng" [i.e., Manchu new administration], decreeing i) that "eight-part stereotyped essay" be abolished from 1902 onward; ii) that provincial governments should select and dispatch students for overseas studies; and iii) that grand school, middle school and elementary school be established in capitals of provincial, prefecture and county levels, respectively. Tao Chengzhang, who entered Peking twice in 1900 and 1901 in contemplation of assassinating empress dowager, was sponsored by Cai Yuanpei for overseas studies in Japan in 1902.
 
Overseas Chinese students in Japan would become the propelling force in the overthrow of Manchu government, as expounded at Manchu "New Administration" & Overseas Chinese Students In Japan. Japan, both its government and its non-govermental notables, had played a significant role in fomenting China's revolution. The incentive behind Japan's acquiesce would be its secretive attempt to get rid of Russian influences in Manchuria. Japanese newspapermen, who witnessed Russian killing and pillaging in Manchuria in 1903, claimed that "The Han ethnic Chinese men of Manchuria would be killed off by Russians within 3 years, the country of China would be gone within 10 years, and the race of Chinese would be gone within 100 years" (See Chen Tianhua's Bell That Alarms China).
 
In March 1902, Cai Yuanpei established "China Education Society" in Shanghai, and in Oct, established "Patriotic Women School" and "Patriotic Society". In 1902, in Tokyo, Zhang Taiyan [aka Zhang Binglin] and Qin Lishan established "Guangfu-gui" (i.e., Restoration Society), also known as "Fugu-hui" (i.e., society for restoring antiquity), in memory of China's fall to barbarians for 242 years. Japanese authority, at the request of Manchu court, prohibited the 242 year commemoration convention. Sun Yat-sen, who had a low profile invitation to a 1901 meeting held by Guangdong Province natives for declaring provincial independence, would be invited by Zhang Taiyan to attend the aborted "242 year convention".
 
Su Manshu, later revolutionary-monk, enrolled in Waseda University in 1902. Earlier, Su Manshu had joined "youth society" under the influence of Feng Ziyou who had pioneered the propaganda of liberty and freedom by publishing a magazine entitled "kai [open up] zhi [talent] lu [compilings]" in Yokohama in 1900. In Tokyo, in April 1903, over 500 Chinese students, under Lian Tianwei [a cadet from Japan's infantry cadet academy], including 12 female students, organized "student army" in the name of "righteous and brave army for resisting Russians" as a result of continuous Russian occupation of Manchuria since 1900 boxer incident. Manchu envoy-minister to Japan Cai Jun asked Japan intervene in dismissing the band. Thereafter, Liang-bi of Manchu infantry ministry established a so-called "Committee for Qing Country Students Who Study Infantry Military Subjects In Japan" in cooperation with Japanese government, culminating in "Zhenwu [reviving martialness] Academy" [4th session onward till 1911], a military prep academy similar to "Hu Cheng Academy" (? Cheng Cheng Academy - typo in first character in some writings) [1st, 2nd & 3rd sessions].
 
While Sun Yat-sen's Cantonese gang had mainly relied on secret societies for staging the 1895 Guangzhou Uprising & 1900 Huizhou Uprising, overseas students in Japan, i.e., the Yangtze-Anhui gang and Hunan-Hubei gang, had resorted to penetrating and instigating the defection of the Manchu New Army. In the section on Manchu Qing Dynasty, we expounded upon propagation Of Revolution. Zhang Ji proposed armed rebellion in 1902. Huang Xing, who co-established so-called "military nation citizen society" in May 1903, left Japan for China on June 4th 1903, with a mission for staging armed rebellion, i.e., aborted Changsha Uprising in Oct 1904. In China, Japan returnee Chen Fan was distributor for "Subao Newspaper" of Shanghai, which became the distributor for Japan-based monthly magazine "compilings of translated works while studying overseas". In May 1903, Zou Rong wrote "Ge Ming Jun" (i.e., revolutionary army or ranks) to propagate changes in Shanghai, with Zhang Binglin authoring the preface. After the banning of "Subao Newspaper" [i.e., Suzhou-he River Newspaper], Zhang Shizhao established "guo min ri ri bao" [i.e., "National Citizen Daily Daily Newspaper"] to continuously attack Manchu government. After the closure of "National Citizen Daily Daily Newspaper" on Dec 3rd 1903, Su Manshu went to work for Chen Shaobai's "China Daily Newspaper" in HK for a short while.
 
In 1904, Russo-Japanese War broke out with a surprise attack on Port Arthur by the Japanese fleet. The next year, defeated on land and sea, Russia ceded to Japan Port Arthur, the southern portion of the Manchurian Railway, and the southern half of Sakhalin Island under the terms of the Treaty of Portsmouth.
 
In 1904, Tao Chengzhang returned to China and exerted his efforts in rebuilding secret societies in Zhejiang Prov. In the winter of 1904, Restoration Society was established in Shanghai, with Cai Yuanpei made into the president as a result of Zhang Taiyan's imprisonment. Restoration Society proposed the slogan of "restoring our Han ethnicity and returning our mountains and rivers".
 
In the spring of 1905, Sun Yat-sen visited Europe. In the spring, he knocked on the door of Wu Zhihui who had refused to see him while in Japan in 1901, thinking that Sun might just be a 'Robinhood' kind of figure. With Liu Chengyu's referral letter sent from San Francisco, Sun Yat-sen obtained invitation from overseas students in Brussels and Berlin. While Sun touted the role of secret societies, Zhu Hezhong alerted to the influences of students and soldiers in Hunan-Hubei provinces as well as the possible unrestrained ambitions of secret society members. After 3 day and 3 night talks, Sun Yat-sen was convinced by Zhu Hezhong. Details could be seen at Sun Yat-sen's Establishing Contacts With Intelligentsia From Societies of Yangtze Area. In July of 1905, Sun Yat-sen arrived in Japan from France. On Aug 13th, Sun Yat-sen made a speech at a reception held by overseas students in Japan and called for establishment of republic via revolution. On Aug 20th of 1905 (solar calendar), Sun Yat-sen, who reportedly had spent idle time in Japan after losing his brave men in prior uprisings, was supported by Huang Xing for organizing "Tong Meng Hui" (i.e., 'Allied Society of China' or 'Revolutionary Alliance') in Japan, with a slogan calling for expelling of the Tartars and restoration of our China. About 400 students joined the secret society. "Tong Meng Hui", relaunching its newspaper as "Min Bao", engaged in newspaper blasting at the constitutional monarchists, and within half a year drove monarchist newspaper into bankruptcy. On June 29th 1906, Zhang Binglin [Zhang Taiyan] was released from prison, and Sun Yat-sen dispatched messenger to have him fetched to Japan.
 
Jiang Yongjing estimated that "Tong Meng Hui" had conducted 24 uprisings from 1905 to 1911, with Sun Yat-sen participating in organization 8 times, and that prior to 1905, "Xing Zhong Hui" had conducted 2 uprisings and the rest of parties 5 times. Revolutionaries pressed the Manchu government into declaring Constitutional Monarchy Reform: In 1906, Manchu government would declare that they would adopt Japan and Britain's system (i.e., "constitutional monarchy" with royal house and Parliament) nine years later. They would agree to 'political reform' beginning from 1907.
 
On March 4th 1907, Japanese government expelled Sun Yat-sen at the request of the Manchu government. Owing to Sun Yat-sen's monopolization of Japanese donation, Zhang Taiyan proposed a censure against Sun Yat-sen. Meantime, Liu Shipei advocated for a re-organization of Allied Society. Further details could be seen at Dispute With Sun Yat-sen & Separate Military Actions By "Guang Fu Hui" Members.
 
On Nov 14th & 15th 1908, Empress Dowager Cixi and Emperor Guangxu died, consecutively. Manchu Regent Zai-li [Zai-feng] held the actual power over three-year-old Emperor Xuantong (Aixinjueluo Pu-yi or Henry Pu Yi, later as Emperor K'ang Te of puppet state Manchukuo). Manchu Regent Zai-li [Zai-feng] thought that monarchism (not the same as parliamentarism) could save the Manchu monarchy.
 
In April 1908, revolutionaries launched Hekou Uprising in Yunnan Province. Tens of thousands of overseas students and Chinese celebrated Yunnan independence in Tokyo. Later, Manchu court suspended government funding for those students who played an active role in the relief activity to Hekou Uprising. (From 1907 to 1908, revolutionaries launched altogether eight uprisings that would include May 1907 Chaozhou [Chao Chow] Uprising in Guangdong [by Yu Chou , Cheng Yong-bo & Yu Tong], Huizhou Uprising in Guangdong by Deng Zi-yu, July 1907 Ching-Cho Uprising in Guangdong by Fung Chung, Oct 1907 Zhennanguan [Zheng-Nan-Quang] Uprising on Vietnam-Guangxi border by Wang Ho-shun, and Qin-Lian Revolt by Huang Xing [Huang Ge-qiang].)
 
Also in 1908, Anqing Soldier Rebellion broke out, and over three hundred revolutionaries were killed in Anhui Province. Xiong Chengji, a member under Restoration Society, was responsible for this action. (Xiong Chengji was an officer inside of cannons battalion, and led his soldiers for an uprising to avenge Xu Xilin's death by taking advantage of imperial mourning. He, later in Jan 1910, fled to Harbin of Manchuria where he was caught after a betrayal and at age 24, got executed [without kneeling down] in Jilin on Feb 27th.)
 
On Dec 1st 1908, Tang Jiyao graduated from Japanese Infantry Cadet Academy, with diploma conferred by Japanese emperor at the ceremony. (198 cadets of 6th session were Chinese, including Wang Zhaoji, Li Genyuan, Liu Cunhou, Luo Peijin, Yan Xishan, Sun Chuanfang, Lu Xiangting, Zhou Yinren, Tang Jiyao, Li Liejun, Yin Changheng, Zhang Fenghui and Cheng Qian. Among 6th session graduates of Japan Cadet, Yunnan Province would boast of Tang Jiyao, Luo Peijin, Li Genyuan, Liu Zuwu, Zhao Fuxiang, Li Hongxiang, Ye Quan, Zhang Kairu, Xie Ruyi and Gu Pinzhen.)
 
In 1909, Tao Chengzhang had an argument with Sun Yat-sen in Southeast Asia over the matter of fund raising and appropriation, and listed 14 crimes that Sun Yat-sen had committed. Tao Chengzhang re-organized Restoration Society with Zhang Taiyan and Li Xiehe. In this year, two sisters, Yi Weijun and Yi Ruizhi, both students of martyress Qiu Jin, attempted assassination by going to Peking.
 
Reform consultancy committees (i.e., provincial viceregal assemblies) were set up for 'show' in all provinces in 1909. In Yunnan Prov, Tang Jiyao and returnee students from Japan took up lecturer posts at Yunnan Province "infantry lecturing academy" which was headed by Hu Jingyi and Gao Erdeng respectively. Li Genyuan assumed the superintendent post at the academy.
 
In 1910, a military school attached to Manchu's Yunnan Province 19th Division was incorporated into Yunnan Province "infantry lecturing academy". On April 1st [lunar cal ?], Li Genyuan took over the schoolmaster post from Gao Erdeng. Tang Jiyao was transferred to 19th Division as tactician. Manchu military forces in Yunnan Province fell into the hands of the revolutionaries. Li Genyuan and Luo Peijin recommended Cai E to Manchu Governor-general for Yunnan-Guizhou provinces. In July [lunar cal ?] of 1910, Cai E took over the post of 37th brigade chief under 19th Division.
 
By 1910, delegates of the provincial reform consultancy committees joined in a national body at Peking, trying to hasten up parliamentary reform. However, the new Manchu royal house still adopted a policy of absolving Han ethnic officials, and they deprived Yuan Shi-kai (Yüan Shih-k'ai) of his military post. (It was said that late Emperor Guangxu had left a will that his successor avenge on Yuan for the treachery, but Emperor Guangxu's brother absolved Yuan by merely depriving him of his military posts. )
 
Also in 1910, Wang Zhaoming (i.e., Wang Jingwei from Anhui Prov) returned from Japan, and Chen Bijun, after tearing apart her colonial passport, followed him to Peking. Wang Jingwei invited Huang Shuzhong and Luo Shixun in assassination of Manchu Regent Zai-li [Zai-feng].
 
In October, 1910, Dr. Sun launched Second Canton Uprising. On March 29th, 1911, Dr. Sun launched Third Canton Uprising, i.e., Quang Chow revolt. Huang Xing [aka Huang Ke-qiang] pulled ahead the uprising and personally led 100 men in the revolt, including main cadres like Lin Juemin [Ling Jaio-ming], Fang Sheng-dong & Ju Zhi-xin [Zhu Zhixin]. 86 revolutionaries died during this battle, with the bodies of 72 revolutionaries later collected and buried on Huanghuagang Hill [yellow flower hill] in Canton by Huang Huagong. Both Second Canton Uprising & Third Canton Uprising were executed by Huang Xing. (Jiang Yongjing stated that 29 martyrs came from overseas and the rest came from six different provinces, with backgrounds varying from students to soldiers, merchants, intellectuals, martial arts masters, workers and peasants. Jiang Yongjing stated that the funds for this uprising and martyrdom, totaling 200,000 yuan or dollars, had mostly come from overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia, North America and Japan. Majority of 500 men pre-selected for this uprising had come from HK and Southeast Asia, a reason that KMT and Sun Yat-sen claimed that "overseas Chinese" were the mother of revolution.)
 
In April, 1911, Manchu royal house reorganized the cabinet, but they still retained 9 ethnic Manchu among altogether 14 members. Two brothers of the regent, Zai-Xun and Zai-Tao, were both conferred the minister posts. King Qing-wang (Yi-kuang) was appointed the post of prime minister. To replace deceased Han-ethnic officials of Sun Jia'nai, Lu Chuanlin and Zhang Zhidong would be Xu Shichang as assistant to Yi-kuang.
 
Numerous uprisings erupted throughout the nation. In the Yangtze River area, in July of 1911, Song Jiaoren [Sung Chiao-jen 1882-1913], being unhappy over the failure of March 29th Canton Uprising and lamenting the deaths of revolutionaries in inconcerted uprisings (e.g., death of Xu Xilin in Anqing, Wen Shengcai in Canton and Xiong Chengji in Manchuria), had organized a Shanghai Branch of "Tong Meng Hui". Xin Hai Revolution would be a coordinated action by the revolutionary organizations reporting to Song Jiaoren.
 
Parallel to the assassinations and uprisings would be a Manchu suicidal attempt at nationalizing the railways. Manchu minister Sheng Xuanhuai's railroad naturalization led to 'Retaining (Recovering) Railroad' Movement in four provinces of Sichuan, Hunan, Hubei and Guangdong, and set up the stage for various southern provinces to declare independence.
 
 
Manchu Army System & Northern Warlords
 
Mr. Ding Zhongjiang wrote a great book called "History of Northern Warlords" in 1964. He thoroughly traced the warring history of China from 1912 to 1928. During this time period, there had ensued 38 cabinets, with the shortest cabinet lasting only 6 days. This period of Chinese Republic was called Northern Warlords time period because the regimes in Peking were of the same lineage as Yuan Shi-kai cronies.
 
Per DZJ, the Northern Warlord Lineage could be traced to Manchu's Xiang-jun (Hunan Province Army) and Huai-jun (Anhui Province Army). Yong Ying (Brave Camp) System, including Xiang-jun and Huai-jun headed by Zeng Guofan and Li Hongzhang, had exhibited themselves as a better army during the crackdown on Taiping Heavenly Kingdom Rebellion & Nian Rebellion. (Manchu Banner System/Green Camp System and Yong Ying (Brave Camp) System are covered in the qing.htm section.) After defeating the Taiping Rebellion and the Nian (Nian-jun) Rebellion, majority of Xiang-jun and Huai-jun troops were retained as garrisons in place of the Eight Banner and Green-Camp soldiers. Gradually, Zeng Guofan and Li Hongzhang and their cronies took over the posts of governor-generals for Jiangsu and Jiangxi provinces, South-Sea Minister, North-Sea Minister and governor-general for Zhili Province (Beijing area). Li Hongzhang, at age 42, took over governor-general for Zhili Province in 1901.
 
During the 1894 Sino-Japanese War, however, the backwardness of Huai-jun was shown by the total annihilation of Huai-jun's Sheng-jun column in Korea. Before the 1894 defeat, Yuan Shi-kai spent 12 years in Korea training the Korean army; after the 1895 defeat in the Sino-Japanese War, Manchu government began to recruit the so-called Xin-jun ('New Army') in accordance with the West's military system. King Chunqin-wang (Yi-xuan), King Qingqin-wang (Yi-kuang), Weng Tonghe, Li Hongzhang and Rong-lu etc adamantly recommended Yuan Shi-kai for training 'Xin-jun' or the New Army at Xiaozhan. Yuan Shi-kai contacted Yin-chang of Tianjin's "Wubei Xuetang" Academy for referrals of talents, and Yin-chang recommended to Yuan Shi-kai "Wubei Xuetang" top students such as Feng Guozhang, Duan Qirui, Liang Huadian and Wang Shizhen. (Among the four guys, Liang Huadian accidentally drowned himself on one night, and the other three would be appointed lecturer for field or infantry battalion, cannons battalion, and cavalry battalion, respectively. The three would become the so-called 'Distinguished Three' among the Northern Warlord Armies later. Duan Qirui had at one time studied in military school in Germany.) Yuan Shi-kai's training of the new army will be expanded to 12000 men, with eight infantry 'ying' (i.e., camps or battalions) totaling 8000 men, two cannon battalions, two battalions of cavalry totaling 1000 men, and 1000 men engineering battalion. 'Engineering Battalion' was in charge of repairing arms, building bridges, building castles, planting mines, sending telegraphs and surveying maps. German, Japanese and American lecturers were hired, and a German language school was also set up.
 
More available at Manchu-New-Army-New-Adm.pdf (Check RepublicanChina-pdf.htm page for up-to-date updates.)
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Founding Of The Republic Of China (ROC)
 
Chinese saying goes that "the wind will be blowing through the whole storey-building at the time the mountain rain is to pour down". Another soldier uprising, Wuchang Uprising of Oct 10th 1911 (termed Xin Hai Revolution), in Wuchang, Hubei Province, would terminate the Manchu rule in China. Numerous factors contributed to the overthrow of Manchu Qing Dynasty. The important point to remember is that it was never an "accident" as the fuse appeared to be nor was it a revolution initiated by a few military platoon chiefs. Cai Dongfan commented that Shen Xuanhuai's railroad nationalization had led Manchu to its demise. Jiang Yongjing, in "The Land-Sea Ebb History of KMT", attributed multiple-province members recruited and disciplined by "Tong Meng Hui" in Japan to the success of domino-effect provincial independence during 1911 Xin Hai Revolution. Late Historian Shen Yunlong, in his book "An anthology of Events and Figures During ROC Time", attributed Manchu Governor-general Zhang Zhidong's launching innovative academies and military academies to the upbringing of a generation of revolutionaries. Shen Yunlong also called the attention to Manchu Qing's abolition of the imperial civil services exam as a fundamental cause in re-orienting lots of talented Confucian-apprentices towards services under Manchu Qing's re-organized New Army. (Manchu Qing had authorized Yuan Shi-kai in rebuilding the New Army on basis of "rightside martial defense column", the only remnant that survived the wars against the invasion of the Eight Allied Nations while the other four columns had been basically decimated.)
 
Shen Yunlong stated that "You planted cucumber, but you get the beans", which was to ridicule the Manchu court as far as establishing its New Army was concerned. By the time the uprising broke out, Manchu court had only fulfilled the recruitment of two third of the original 36 division plan, with 16 divisions and 16 mixed purpose brigades recruited. Wuchang Uprising was heralded by Manchu 8th Division of the New Army in Hubei Prov. China should thank three bands of revolutionaries for the overthrow of the Manchu and emergence of the Republic, namely, Sun Yat-sen's Cantonese Band, Zhang Taiyan & Tao Chengzhang's Zhejiang Band, and Huang Xing & Song Jiaoren's Hubei-Hunan Band. Looking back in history, one would have to be moved by the great sacrifice and courage of southern Chinese, especially those of Zhejiang Province where people carried the spirits of "King Goujian Restoring Statehood" over two thousand five hundred years ago. (Note in ancient times, Zhejiang people used to carry swords all the time in the similar belligerent fashion as Japanese samurai.) Armed revolution, starting with Sun Yat-sen's 1895 aborted Guangzhou [Canton] Uprising & 1900 Huizhou Uprising, would be fomenting itself after the formation of "Tong Meng Hui". Though "Hua Xing Hui" 1903 Changsha Uprising was aborted, relatively independent "Guang Hui Hui" continued relentless assassinations and uprisings from 1905 to 1910.
 
At Wuchang, 8th Division possessed 2 brigades or 4 regiments of field army, about 6000 men; 1 regiment of cannon column and 1 regiment of cavalry, about 3000 men; and 1 engineering battalion and 1 logistics battalion, about 1000 men. Other than the armies which either stationed in provincial cities or were relocated to Sichuan Province by Rui-fang for cracking down on railroad recovery movement, Wuchang area boasted of 7500 New Army soldiers, including Li Yuanhong's 21st mixed purpose brigade of 4300 soldiers.
 

 
Alliance of Secret Societies In Hubei Province

 
Wuchang Uprising

 
Revolutionaries Cooperating With "Constitutional Monarchists"
On Nov 13th, Chen Qimei, in Shanghai, called upon provinces to send in representatives to Shanghai. Wuchang city agreed with revolutionaries and constitutional monarchists in Shanghai city that a system similar to USA should be formulated. Agreement was reached to have each province send in two representatives, with one representing Manchu-era consultancy bureau and the other representing provincial governor-general office.
 
With the compromise of revolutionaries and constitutional monarchists, about 18 provinces sent in their representatives to Shanghai. First meeting was held on Nov 15th [Sept 25th per lunar calendar], with a decision to have governor-generals play the role of the senate by mapping the "Continental Congress" scheme of the USA at the time of the Independence War against Britain. At the request of Li Yuanhong & Huang Xing, representatives split into two halves, with the group of people for Wuchang to be bestowed with the responsibility of drafting China's first constitution, i.e., "Organization Guidelines of the Interim Government of the Republic of China" [later commonly known as "Interim Agreed-Upon Laws"]. Representatives also devised the 18-star national flag by mapping the US national flag, which was symbolic of the 18 provinces which declared independence from Manchu court.
 
The 18-star national flag will then be replaced by "five color national flag" which would be symbolic of the union of five ethnic groups of Han, Manchu, Mongol, Hui Muslim and Tibetans.
 
Domino Effect Across China

 
Manchu Invoking Yuan Shi-kai For Cracking Down On Revolutionaries

 
Revolutionaries Embarking On Establishing the Republic & Stipulating the Constitution

 
Wu Luzhen Failing to Shake Up Yuan Shikai's Crony Forces

 
Yuan Shikai Talking 'Peace' With Revolutionaries

 
Revolutionaries Making Nanking the Capital of ROC

 
Sun Yat-sen Assumption of Interim Presidency of ROC


 
Yuan Shikai Pressuring Manchu Emperor Into Abdication

 
What the Foreign Powers Did To China Prior To, During And After the 1911 Revolution
 
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a) The 1900 Boxer was incited by Dowager Empress Ci-xi whose purpose was to revenge on the European-American attempt at restoring Emperor Guangxu in lieu of Ci-xi's selecting a junior prince as the successor 'crown prince'. The foreign powers, after weighing their interests in China, let Ci-xi continue her rule in China.
 
b) In 1904, after the Russo-Japanese War, Theodore Roosevelt, was writing how happy he was to see the Russians defeated by the Japanese in Manchuria. This is similar to what Hoover claimed when the Japanese invaded Manchuria on Sept 18th, 1931, i.e., good for inhibiting the Russian communism.
 
c) In 1905, when Chinese boycotted American goods [due to American extension and revision of Peking treaty with discrimination against Chinese coolies], American President had mobilized 15000 marines for a planned attack at Canton.
 
d) In June of 1911, the Americans instructed that China's railway restoration movement must be stopped by any means, and in Sept, one month ahead of the Xin Hai Revolution, dispatched the Asian Fleet warships to the Yangtze from the Philippines. President Taft endorsed the policy of neutrality only after the Revolutionaries in Wuchang promised to continue the Manchu unequal treaties.
 
e) On Oct 18th, 1911, Sun Yat-sen went to Washington DC for a second time in the year for requesting a meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State, in vain. In late 1911, American newspapers carried articles blasting China's republic as a joke. The U.S. State Department expressed 'worries' about the establishment of a republic in China in a rash way. Only the American missionaries, like in the resistance war in the 1930s, had supported China's efforts.
 
f) Both the American and British ambassador received instructions to pressure the Manchu court on the matter of invoking Yuan Shikai. The pressure was more than diplomatic, but monetary. The foreign powers controlled China's customs, and the Manchu court got paid the surplus of customs after the foreign powers got their pay first. After the Oct 10th Revolution, the foreign powers, in the name of 'neutrality', cut the funding to the Manchu court. This is similar to what they did in stopping the funds to the Canton government after Sun Yat-sen returned to Canton after overthrowing the Guangxi clique in 1922. With the major source of money cut, the Manchu court was in more panic than ever. Other than cutting the customs tax pay to the Manchu court, the international financial consortium refused to loan to the Manchu court, but hinted they were willing to give 3000,000 taels of silver should Yuan Shikai return to control of the army. On Dec 20th, at the Anglo-American-brokered south-north peace conference in Shanghai, six countries "courteously" requested the peace negotiators to reach a truce in the interests of both the Chinese and the foreigners.
 
g) Even after Sun tacked on interim presidency on Jan 1st, 1912, the American government continued to state that Sun Yat-sen was a doubtful person, and Yuan Shikai was the powerful man who could control China. When ROC Foreign Minister Wang Chonghui wired to the U.S. Government on Jan 17, Jan 19th, 1912, for the American recognition of the ROC, both times, the Americans did not reply. Further, the Americans instructed that no consulate should maintain contact with the revolutionaries in the south. American reporters passed on the American message to Sun Yat-sen, make a deal with Yuan, and don't count on Washington DC, and don't count on the Republic of USA as your example and source of inspiration. --- Check out Frederick McCormick: The Flowery Republic (London: John Murray, 1913), pp. 294-295.
 
h) After Sun Yat-sen quit the interim presidency, the U.S. Congress congratulated on China's adoption and maintenance of a Republican government, on Feb 29th, 1912. American was the first country to acknowledge Yuan Shi-kai's government in the aftermath of national turmoil owning to the assassination of Song Jiaoren in March of 1913.
 
- Americans did the same hasty decision to give Chiang Kai-shek a badly-needed loan at the time Whang Jingwei's puppet government officially launched in Nanking in March 1940. The only reason the Americans decided to get involved in China in March 1940 was a deliberate Chiang Kai-shek rumor that his Chongqing government could merge with the puppet Nanking government, the same trick that Chiang Kai-shek used in sending the fake Song Ziliang to HK for 'peace talks' with Japan for sake of delaying the launch of the Nanjing puppet government.
 
(More available at Century-long American hypocrisy towards China, and Anglo-American & Jewish romance with Japanese.)

 
 
Yuan Shi-kai - the First President of the ROC
 
Yuan Shi-kai, seeing that Sun Yat-sen had become the first president of the ROC, hastened his efforts to secure a fortune for himself. Yuan Shi-kai authorized Duan Qirui to demand an imperial abdication in the name of 42 Manchu generals. Yuan Shi-kai reached a deal with Sun Yat-sen in regards to pressuring the last Manchu Emperor Xuantong (Aixinjueluo Pu-yi, r. 1909-1911) into abdication on Feb 12th of 1912. Zhao Bingjun, back in early 1912, went to see last Manchu Qing Emperor Pu-yi to relay Yuan Shi-kai's request for imperial abdication. After Sun Yat-sen resigned on the 13th [14th per TDG], Yuan Shi-kai obtained the ROC presidency from Sun Yat-sen subsequently when the interim upper house made the announcement on Feb 15th, 1912.
 
It was not the first time Sun Yat-sen had "yielded" the leadership to someone else. Jiang Yongjing pointed out that Sun Yat-sen, against the objection of Zheng Shiliang, during the course of establishing the "Xing Zhong Hui" HK branch in 1895, had yielded the HK branch president's post to Yang Quyun and did not succeed it till 1899.

 
(However, Chen Jieru memoirs stated that Sun Yat-sen served Yang Quyun as a secretary for one year before Yang Quyun's assassination death. Hsueh Chun-tun pointed out that Sun Yat-sen, after the aborted 1895 Canton Uprising, had established a separate "Xing [reviving] Han [Han ethnic Chinese] Hui [society]" till Yang Quyun gave up the chair post of "Xing [reviving] Zhong [China] Hui [society]" in Jan 1900. In Oct 1914 letter to Deng Zeru, Sun Yat-sen explained the reasons why he had yielded the 'Interim Presidency' to Yuan Shi-kai. In 1921, Chiang Kai-shek promised to his wife Chen Jieru that he would make Sun Yat-sen the only "guardian-god" of the Republic of China should he rise to power, and later, Chiang Kai-shek tried to destroy the photos and film of Sun Yat-sen standing behind Yang Quyun by bribing the Japanese and HK businessmen. Later, Chiang Kai-shek had conducted several nominal resignations, including the resignation in Aug 1927 for the party unity between Nanking and Wuhan governments and the resignation in 1931 after the Sept 18th Japanese Invasion of Manchuria etc.)
 
The Nanking government, on Feb 18th, 1912, dispatched a team headed by Cai Yuanpei for fetching Yuan Shikai over to Nanking from Peking. The team, consisting of Song Jiaoren, Wang Jingwei, Niu Yongjian, Wang Zhengting, Liu Guanxiong, Wei Chenzu, Zeng Zhaowen & Huang Kaiyuan, left Shanghai on the 22nd by sea together with Tang Shaoyi, and arrived in Peking on the 26th. Initially Yuan Shikai had no objection to relocation to the south; however, on the 29th, soldiers around the Dongan-men and Qian-men city gates suddenly went into a 'mutiny', raided the guesthouse where the mission stayed, and forced the representatives into seeking asylum in the legation area. Meanwhile, 'mutiny' spread to Tongzhou, Tianjin and Baoding. Hence, Yuan Shikai claimed that he could not afford to relocate to Nanking. Per TDG, Zhang Guogan had disclosed that he learnt from Xu Shichang that Yuan Keding, i.e., Yuan Shikai's son, could be the culprit in stirring up the 'mutiny' for sake of imprisoning the Manchu emperor and making Yuan Shikai into the new emperor. Since Yuan Shikai refused to come south while Li Yuanhong & Zhang Binglin advocated for Peking as the nation's capital, Sun Yat-sen gave up the demand and ratified Yuan Shikai's oath telegraph with the Senate on March 8th, 1912. Cai Yuanpei administered the oath on 10th in Peking.
 
The second day after oath, Sun Yat-sen, in Nanking, released the "Interim Agreed-Upon Laws" of the ROC, and adopted the French parliamentary government structure. On March 13th, Yuan Shikai issued an order to have Tang Shaoyi work on organization of the first cabinet of the ROC. Yuan Shikai promptly issued a nationwide amnesty without consultation with the Senate [as a challenge to assert his presidential power per TDG]. On the 29th, Tang Shaoyi [1860-1938] completed the cabinet shuffling, with such prominent members as Tang Shaoyi, Lu Zhengxiang [foreign ministry], Zhao Bingjun [Interior], Duan Qirui [infantry], Liu Guanxiong [navy], Xiong Xiling [finance], Wang Chonghui [justice], Cai Yuanpei [education], Song Jiaoren [agriculture and forestry], Chen Qimei [commerce & industry], Shi Zhaoji [transportation] heading various ministries. As pointed out by Tang Degang, foreign minister Lu Zhengxiang held more power over premier Tang Shaoyi in the spirit of inheriting the Manchu line of authority as demanded by the imperialist powers. As to Song Jiaoren & Chen Qimei's admission to the cabinet, Tang Degang made an analogy to Chiang Kai-shek's conferring similar 'industry' and 'enterprises' posts onto the "third parties" and Mao Tse-tung's onto the "democratic vase parties". Chen Qimei, with his real power base in Shanghai, refused to report to Peking.
 
The Last Chinese Reorganization Gold Loan of 1913
Huang Xing [1874-1916] was retained as "housekeeper" in Nanking for dismissing 300,000 soldiers of various factions from the Xin Hai Revolution. The Republic of China, for solving financial solvency and dismissing the soldiers, had resorted to imperialist powers for huge loans which did not get approved till after Song Jiaoren's assassination death on March 20th, 1913. Tang Shaoyi first initiated the loan request for 8,5000,000 taels of silver with four countries of Britain, the U.S., Germany & France whereas Japan and Russia joined in for profiteering soon. (Mike Billington, in "How London, Wall Street Backed Japan's War Against China and Sun Yat Sen", pointed out that "the House of Morgan, functioning as an arm of British imperial policy within the United States, first became seriously involved with the formation of a bankers' Consortium for China, in 1909, consisting of banking interests from the United States, Britain, France, and Germany. The British, under Hongkong and Shanghai Bank chief Sir Charles Addis, took overall direction of the Consortium, with a J.P. Morgan representative leading the American Group. Although the Consortium did finance a Shanghai-to-Canton rail line, their primary task was to prop up the decayed Ching dynasty against the mounting republican revolutionary pressure".)
 
On March 30th, Tang Shaoyi enrolled in "Tong Meng Hui" at the encouragement of Huang Xing & Cai Yuanpei. On April 1st, Sun Yat-sen resigned his proxy duty. Within 3 months of the cabinet formation, Tang Shaoyi resigned his post via a sudden disappearance. Per TDG, Gu Weijun, i.e., Tang Shaoyi's son-in-law, had personally witnessed the quarrels between Yuan Shikai and Tang Shaoyi. Yuan Shikai's cronies often joked in front of Tang Shaoyi by saying that "the Premier is coming to bully our president again..."
 
Sun Yat-sen, after relieving duties, went on a nationwide tour and speeches with his son and daughter, Wang Jingwei, Liao Zhongkai, Zhang Shizhao, and Miss Soong Ai-ling [i.e., later Mme H.H. Kung]. Sun traveled from Shanghai to Wuhan along the Yangtze and made stops at Nanking, Wuhu, Anqing & Jiujiang. Before going to Peking at Yuan Shikai's invitation, Sun Yat-sen made a trip to his Xiangshan hometown in Guangdong on April 27th. Thinking that his two principles, i.e., "nationalism" and "civil rights", had been accomplished in China, Sun Yat-sen, while making a speech in mid-June in Canton, emphasized only the aspect of "people's livelihood" which was his propagating of "equalizing the land ownership rights". Historian Tang Degang blamed China's bloody path of "state socialism" [of both Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Party and Mao Tse-tung's Communist Party] on Sun Yat-sen's beliefs and practice of "radical socialism" which ended in his collusion with Russian Bolshevikism in the 1920s and designation of his "principle of livelihood" as equivalent to communism.
 
On June 14th, Huang Xing's Nanking office was officially dismantled. Huang Xing declined Yuan Shikai's invitation to go to Peking as "tactician-in-general". On June 15th, Tang Shaoyi disappeared from Peking. Tang Degang pointed out that Tang Shaoyi was indignant over Yuan Shikai for changing Wang Zhixiang's conferral of governor-general post for Zhili Province without consultation with the cabinet. Yuan Shikai asked Lu Zhengxiang to re-organize the 2nd cabinet. Song Jiaoren & Chen Qimei, without the cabinet posts, then concentrated on party re-organization, i.e., making "Tong Meng Hui" into the KMT for sake of grabbing the majority seats inside of the "National Assembly", i.e., the Congress but translated into the Parliament throughout this writing.
 
In accordance with Clause 53 of the "Interim Agreed-Upon Laws", the Interim President must convene a Parliament within ten months. On Aug 27th, Yuan Shikai ratified the "organization regulations for the Parliament of the ROC", which was a combination of American, British and French systems: the Senate [i.e., the Upper House] would have ten members for most of 22 provinces and varied quota for minority provinces and the overseas Chinese; and the Congress [i.e., the Lower House] would have members on basis of a rough estimate of one congressman for a subset of 800,000 population. Tang Degang pointed out that those 800 Parliament members had no constituents per se. Tang Degang cited Zhang Yuefa's research in pointing out that over 600 parties had popped out in the early Republic era, and that majority organizations had derived from the "Manchu Royalist Party" [i.e., Kang You-wei & Liang Qi-chao's gang] and the "Constitutional Monarchists". Song Jiaoren, who drafted the "Interim Agreed-Upon Laws" and the "organization regulations for the Parliament of the ROC", adopted the approach of combining several revolutionary organizations with "Tong Meng Hui" (i.e., the 'Allied Society of China'), including "Tongyi Gonghe Dang" (the united republic party that was once headed by Cai E), "Guomin Gongjin Hui" (the society for people's concerted advancement), "Gonghe Shijin Hui" (the society for republic advancement), & "Guomin Gong Dang" (the people's public party). On Aug 25th, Song Jiaoren officially convened the meeting of the KMT, with 1000 participants including Sun Yat-sen who arrived in Peking one day earlier. Though Sun Yat-sen obtained 1130 votes, he yielded the post of "chairman of the board" to Song Jiaoren.
 
Scholar Yuan Shiwei rebuked Dr. Sun Yat-sen's blunders in the orientation towards the "railway construction". In contrast, Song Jiaoren worked diligently for building a majority KMT party inside of the Parliament. In Aug 1912, Song Jiaoren united various parties and societies into the Guomindang (GMD or KMT) and supported Sun Yat-sen as director of the board. However, Sun Yat-sen declined the director of board and took on the railroad job. Song Jiaoren advocated Parliamentarism, intending to make the KMT an incumbent party as a check on the presidency. Sun Yat-sen and Huang Xing naively persuaded Yuan Shi-kai and Yang Du et al., into a possible enrollment in the KMT in the hope that that Yuan Shi-kai could be a part of the KMT upon membership in the KMT.
 
During one month stay in Peking, Sun Yat-sen held 13 tête-à-tête discussions with Yuan Shikai. Presidential secretary Liang Shiyi witnessed some talks that lasted 6-8 hours on some occasions, with topics covering the state affairs and foreign relations. Liang Shiyi commented that Sun Yat-sen, having detected Yuan's ambition, tried to pacify his opponent, while Gu Weijun later disclosed that Yuan Shikai knew nothing about the "modern political thoughts". Sun Yat-sen claimed that "President Yuan Shi-kai being a man of great talents, I hold out extraordinary hope that should he be on the presidency's post for 10 years, China would boast an army of several millions and that by that same timeframe, I would be able to lay 200,000 li railroad tracks, with an expected revenues of 8 million yuan per year, making China strong enough to be peers of the world powers." As a way to retain Sun Yat-sen, Yuan Shikai agreed to let Sun Yat-sen head the 'China railway construction' and furthermore appointed Huang Xing as 'railway czar' for the Wuhan-Guangdong-Sichuan areas. Having pointed out that China still failed to have 70,000 kilometer railway tracks by the end of the 20th century, Tang Degang commented that Yuan Shikai had deliberately allowed Sun Yat-sen to tack on the railway post while knowingly understood the reality, and later accused Sun Yat-sen of "corruption" in squandering away the funds. On Sept 9th of 1912, Sun Yat-sen accepted the title of 'plenipotentiary' for the China national railroads [i.e., head of the National Railroad Bureau], with a dream of laying 200,000 li distance railroad tracks. (2 li distance is equivalent to approx 1 kilometer. Separately, Yuan Shikai attempted to kick out Chen Qimei from Shanghai by offering 60,000 silver dollar [equiv to US$60,000] travel expense for an overseas inspection of industries & commerce. Chen Qimei, a friend of An Jung-geun, however, offered significant amount of the money to the "Korean patriots" by establishing a "New Asia Mutual Aid Society" in Shanghai.
 
 
Song Jiaoren - Re-organization of the Kuomingtang (KMT)
 
After the overthrow of Manchu Qing Dynasty, "Tong Meng Hui" began to disintegrate. Zhang Binglin rallied the Jiangsu-Zhejiang members for forming so-called 'United Society of the ROC' which later converged with such monarchists as Zhang Jian into the 'United Party' (i.e., "Tongyi Dang"). In Hubei Prov, another group of "Tong Meng Hui" allies, like Sun Wu, Lan Tianwei and Liu Chengyu, supported Li Yuanhong to become the leader of "Min She" [the "People's Society"] which later combined with anti-TongMengHui "Guomin Xiejin Hui" (i.e., the National Advance Together Society) into the 'Republican Party'. Li Yuanhong, before his being coerced into Peking by Yuan Shi-kai at Duan Qirui's personal escort, still ruled Hubei Province. Li Yuanhong would adopt the advice from Hu Kangmin [i.e., Hu Qiuyuan's father] in establishing an audit & budget department. Hu Kangmin resigned his auditor post after Duan Zhigui, i.e., Yuan Shi-kai's crony, came to Hubei Province as the new governor-general.
 
The KMT was originally a loose organization comprising of several revolutionary organizations, such as "Tong Meng Hui" (i.e., the 'Allied Society of China'), "Tongyi Gonghe Dang" (the united republic party), "Guomin Gongjin Hui" (the society for people's concerted advancement), "Gonghe Shijin Hui" (the society for republic advancement), & "Guomin Gong Dang" (the people's public party). [Tong Meng Hui", moreover, was a lunar July 20th or solar Aug 20th, 1905 combination of various anti-Manchu secret societies like Sun Yat-sen's original "Xing Zhong Hui", Huang Xing/Song Jiaoren's "Hua Xing Hui" and Cai Yuanpei/Zhang Binglin's "Guang Fu Hui". In then Tokyo, Sun Yat-sen was referred to Huang Xing by Yang Du, a monarchist same as Kang You-wei and Liang Qi-chao.]
 
The KuoMinTang [KMT] (i.e., Guomindang [GMD] in pinyin), was commonly known as the Nationalists. Semantically, it should be termed the National Party or the Citizen Party. The KMT applied to the same group of revolutionaries during several deferent stages and under different leadership. The KMT party which had its root in "Tong Meng Hui" was coordinated by Song Jiaoren in Peking at the absence of Sun Yat-sen and Huang Xing, and the KMT was officially found inside of the 'Hunan-Guangdong Natives' Hall' on August 25th of 1912, the day after Sun Yat-sen arrived in Peking from Shanghai. The KMT stipulated nine board directors, including Sun Yat-sen, Huang Xing and Song Jiaoren et al., and 29 councilors, including Hu Hanmin, Li Liejun, Jiang Yiwu, Sun Yujun, Tan Yankai, Yu Youren and Ma Junwu. Song Jiaoren had publicly announced that he did not have any difference of opinions from Sun Yat-sen, and Sun Yat-sen was supported as director-general of the 'board of directors' of the KMT. Sun, however, gave up the post for his dream of laying the tracks for the national railroads.
 
Sun Yat-sen and Song Jiaoren differed on dealings with Yuan Shi-kai's presidency. Sun advocated that his "Tong Meng Hui" act as a challenger party against the incumbent president, while Song advocated a Parliamentarism struggle against the presidency by making the KMT a majority party. Huang Xing et al., tried to enroll Yuan Shi-kai and Yang Du as members of the KMT. Yuan Shi-kai privately ridiculed the KMT by saying to Yang Du, a monarchist, that he would be willing to be a revolutionary should the KMT abandon its attempt at exercising the Parliament's restraints over the presidency.
 
Under the leadership of Song Jiaoren, the KMT occupied 123 seats out of 274 seats in the Upper House, and 269 seats out of 596 in the Lower House. The major rival to the KMT would be the 40 seats taken by "Gonghe Dang" (i.e., the Republican Party), another loosely combined organization founded on May 5th of 1912 with components like "Tongyi Dang" (the united party), "Min She" (the people's society), and Pan Hongding's three institutions of "Guo-min-dang", "Guo-min-xie-jin-hui" & "Min-guo-gong-hui". The Republican Party had such prominent members as Li Yuanhong, Zhang Jian, Zhang Binglin, Wu Tingfang, Tang Hualong and Wang Jitang. Zhang Binglin later broke away from "Gonghe Dang" and restored his "Tongyi Dang" (the united party).
 
Competing with the KMT and the Republican Party would be a new party called "Min Zhu Dang" (i.e., the Democrat Party) that was founded in Oct 1912 by Liang Qichao (1873-1929) with the support of remnants of the "Gonghe Dang" like Tang Hualong, Lin Zhangmin and Sun Hongyin. The Democrat Party also combined "Gonghe Baojin Dang", "Gonghe Cuojin Dang", and "Guomin Xinzheng She".
 
Song Jiaoren claimed that he would form a cabinet consisting of the KMT members, only, which alienated such competitor parties as the Republican Party, the United Party, and the Democrat Party. In mid-Oct, Song Jiaoren made a trip to seeing his mother at Taoyuan [peach garden] hometown in Hunan Prov. On Feb 1st, 1913, Song Jiaoren left hometown, traveled across Eastern China, made "radical speeches" against Yuan Shikai's government [per TDG]. Song's criticisms included accusations that Yuan Shikai was 'digging his own tomb' while making a speech in the KMT branch in Hubei Prov. In Nanking, on March 9th, Song emphasized the importance of "premiership" over the presidency. Yuan Shikai, having failed two times to bribe Song Jiaoren, wired to Song Jiaoren for a visit to Peking in regards to discussions about the cabinet shuffling.
 
 
Song Jiaoren's Assassination & the Second Revolution
 
Song Jiaoren worked diligently for building a majority KMT party inside of the Parliament. But, Yuan Shi-kai, in order to fulfill his dictator or emperor's dreams, hired an assassin to have Song Jiaoren assassinated on March 20th, 1913. Song Jiaoren, who had turned down a 'blank checkbook' from Yuan Shi-kai's proxy, traveled across the country and successfully campaigned to get the KMT members elected to the majority seats in the Parliament. Further, at the time Song Jiaoren departed the Tang Shaoyi cabinet, Yuan Shikai had offered 500,000 units of gold which Song Jiaoren had declined. Tang Degang pointed out i) that Song Jiaoren had resigned from the cabinet after Lu Zhengxiang claimed that he would like to form a cabinet consisting of people with no party membership; and ii) that Yuan Shikai had at one time contemplated upon having Song Jiaoren form a "mixed party membership cabinet" but ultimately selected Zhao Bingjun for forming the cabinet since Song Jiaoren advocated for "one party [KMT] cabinet".
 
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Yuan Shi-kai intended to eradicate the KMT forces altogether and dispatched his military apparatus against the southern provinces of Anhui-Jiangxi-Jiangsu-Hubei-Shanghai etc. Yuan Shi-kai sent two columns to the south, with Duan Zhigui's First Corps in charge of two divisions in Hubei-Jiangxi battlefield and Feng Guozhang's Second Corps in charge of miscellaneous army corps against Nanking of Jiangsu Prov. Duan Zhigui's First Corps included Wang Zhanyuan's 2nd Div and Li Chun's 6th Div. Yuan Shi-kai intended to have Duan Zhigui take over the governor-general's post of Hubei Province and Feng Guozhang governor-general of Jiangsu Prov. In Hunan Prov, Yuan Shi-kai's agents burnt the weapons depot. In mid-July, Yuan Shi-kai dispatched two warships to Shanghai under the helm of Zheng Rucheng and Zang Zhipin.
 
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With the nodding approval of Sun Yat-sen, the KMT governor-generals and generals, i.e., Li Liejun of Jiangxi, Tan Yankai of Hunan, Bai Wenwei of Anhui and Xu Chongzhi of Fujian, declared independence. Li Liejun, who had arrived in Shanghai for talks with other former KMT governor-generals and Sun Yat-sen on June 15th after resignation, would leave for Hukou of Jiangxi Province on July 8th. This would be called the 'Second Revolution'.
 
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Meanwhile, 20-year-old Song Qingling, who graduated from the Wesleyan College at Macon of Virginia, had arrived in Japan, met with Sun Yat-sen nine times for discussions, and then worked for Sun Yat-sen as secretary which sister Song Ailing had undertaken previously. Chen Jieru's memoirs stated that it was Soong Ai-ling who acted as the secretary but recommended Soong Qing-ling after encountering her future husband Kong Xiangxi in 1914. (Song Qingling (i.e., Soong Ching Ling or Mme Sun Yat-sen) was the daughter of Song Yaoru who, a Hainan Island native, had worked as a coolie in the U.S. and then a priest in Shanghai where he assisted Sun in printing the revolutionary materials. Song Qingling, against the objection of her father in Shanghai, would later go back to Japan to marry Sun Yat-sen on Oct 25th, 1915. Japanese Toyama Mitsuru was surprised that Sun married a younger sister, not the elder sister. This marriage was opposed by majority of the KMT comrades. Ma Beiming pointed out that only the Japanese attended the matrimony. Sun Yat-sen's original wife Lu Muzhen agreed to a divorce after the matter of fact or never went through an official divorce. Ma Beiming also pointed out that Sun Yat-sen had adopted his pen name 'zhongshan' after a Japanese noble family name, not the ancient Chinese prefecture with the same name. Historian Tang Degang cited Mao Tse-tung's claim of "learning from Sun Yat-sen" when Xiang Ying objected to the marriage between Jiang Qing and Mao Tse-tung.)
 
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In Aug 1913, when Xiong Kewu rebelled against Yuan Shikai in Sichuan Prov, Cai E ordered that Tang Jiyao dispatch Ye Quan's army to the aid of Sichuan Governor-general Hu Jingyi. Though Governor-general Cai Er of Yunnan Province opposed the Second Revolution, Yuan Shi-kai issued an order on Sept 28th, 1913 to have Tang Jiyao assume the governor-general of Yunnan Province while Cai E came to Peking for three month medical treatment. Cai E, together with Liang Qichao and the "Progressive Party", had appeared to be supporters of Yuan Shikai; however, Yuan Shikai intended to relocate Cai E away from the provincial post the same way as he did to vice president Li Yuanhong. (Cai E remained in Peking for three years, and had to resort to pleasure with "distinguished prostitute" Xiao-feng-xian for distracting attention from Yuan's control, an event that had caused him to delay treatment when he wrongly believed that his deadly throat disease was possibly related to the sexually-transmitted disease. Alternative saying is that Liang Qichao and Cai E had agreed to have Cai E leave Yunnan Province on the precondition that Cai E go back to his native Hunan Province to replace Tan Yankai, which Yuan had renegaded on once Cai E arrived in Peking. (Tang Jiyao was converted to the official governor-general of Guizhou Province on May 6th of 1912 after Cai E pacified the opposing factions in the province prior to leaving for Peking.) After Tang Jiyao vacated Guizhou Province on Nov 1st, Xie Ruyi tacked on Tang Jiyao's post while Liu Xianshi was conferred the post of "hu jun shi". (Liu Xianshi, in early 1912, had borrowed Tang Jiyao's Yunnan Province army in killing dozens of feuds from the "autonomy" faction and the provincial consultancy bureau of Guizhou Prov.)
 
 
Yuan Shi-kai Trampling On the Republic
 
The Second Revolution helped Yuan Shikai in taking control of three provinces of Anhui, Jiangxi and Guangdong. Moreover, Yuan Shikai managed to eliminate the independence of Hunan Province [Tan Yankai], Zhejiang Province [Zhu Rui], Yunnan Province [Cai E], and Guangxi Province [Cen Chunxuan]. Li Yuanhong would later be coerced into Peking as well. Before Li Yuanhong was coerced into Peking, he had taken drastic measures in cracking down on the KMT. For example, Li Yuanhong requested with Yuan Shikai in having Jiang Yiwu executed: At the time Tan Yankai declared independence for Hunan Province during the Second Revolution, Jiang Yiwu was conferred the post of "zhaohu-shi [pacifier emissary] for the Hubei-Henan provinces"; after Tan revoked independence, Jiang Yiwu was accused of rebellion and escape; Jiang Yiwu was caught in Quanzhou by Chen Bingkun the "zhenshou-shi [garrison] emissary" for Guilin of Guangxi Prov; and Jiang Yiwu was executed at age 28 on a red carpet. Tang Degang guessed that over 10,000 people could have died during and after the Second Revolution.
 
Yuan Shi-kai did not outlaw the KMT or dismiss the Parliament till after his presidency confirmation. On Oct 10th of 1913, Yuan Shi-kai, having hijacked the Parliament in passing the 'election law' ahead of the Constitution and locked up the Parliament members to coerce an election, was officially elected president of the ROC after barely passing the majority ballots needed after three rounds of ballot casting. On Oct 16th of 1913, Yuan Shi-kai proposed an amendment of the 'Interim Agreed-upon Laws' of 1912 in the attempt of aborting the birth of the official Constitution and expanding his presidential power over the Parliament. On Oct 22nd, he tried to have eight cronies sit in at the Parliament. On Oct 25th, he wired his provincial officials to have them voice opposition to drafting the official Constitution. Yuan Shi-kai's cronies, including Ni Sichong, Zhang Xun and Jiang Guiti et al., shouted about eradicating the rebels, proposed the dismissal of the Parliament, and called the Parliament members as people's enemies. On Nov 4th of 1913, Yuan Shi-kai, against the objection of Liang Qi-chao (the Progressive Party leader), outlawed the KMT and deprived 438 KMT members of their Parliament representative title.
 
In the winter of 1913, Li Zongren, after graduation from the "infantry rapid progress school", was assigned a job as an assistant lecturer at Guangxi Prov's Officers Lecture & Practice School in Nanning. Governor-general Lu Rongting set up the school to help rein in and elevate his generals who were mostly of banditry background from the Manchu era. Similar to Lu Rongting, northern Chinese governor-generals, like Zhang Zuolin, Zhang Zongchang, and Zhang Zuoxiang etc, were also of banditry background from the Manchu era. After school master Lin Bingyi squandered away funds on the Shanghai Bund, Officers Lecture & Practice School was shut down. Li Zongren returned to the countryside in autumn of 1914.
 
In further order on Nov 14th, 1913, Yuan Shi-kai demanded that the former KMT Parliament reps must provide five persons as a guarantee before departing the capital. Tang Hualong, speaker for the Lower House and a leader of the Progressive Party, expressed objections to Yuan Shi-kai's order. The Upper House, on Dec 3rd, rebuked Yuan Shi-kai for causing the collapse of the Parliament. Yuan Shi-kai secretly maneuvered the provinces to prevent the backup reps from filling the vacancy of the national Parliament.
 
In Yunnan Province, rebellion erupted against Tang Jiyao on Dec 8th when Yang Chunkui, chief of the secret society "ge [brother] lao [elder] hui [society]" launched a Second Revolution in the pretentious name of Sun Yat-sen and Li Genyuan. Yang Chunkui took over the Dali city. Tang Jiyao quelled the rebellion by Dec 23rd. Later in April of 1914, Tang Jiyao quelled another rebellion in Lin'an-fu [Jianshui] county of Yunnan Prov.
 
In western Henan Province & northern Hubei Prov, a rebellion erupted in the autumn under the banner of "Bai [white] Lang [wolf]" which was said to be either a mutation of some peasant called Bai Lang or possibly the Chinese way of calling an 8th son of the family via "ba lang". Tang Degang cited Tao Jueying's account in stating that possibly Bai Lang was formerly a tactician serving under martyr Wu Luzhen. Du Chunhe's account, however, stated that Bai Lang was a semi-literate or illiterate peasant. Alternative accounts stated that the KMT sent over emissaries to Bai Lang from southern China to assist with the rebellion. At the time of the Second Revolution, Huang Xing did dispatch officials and officers to Bai Lang's team for a concerted fight against Yuan Shikai, and further conferred him the post of governor-general for Henan Prov. With 10,000 men at the peak, Bai Lang sacked over 50 cities across five provinces, reaching as far as Gansu Province in the northwest. His troops then decided to go back to the hometown. Unable to control his soldiers, Bai Lang agreed to a return. The Soldiers gradually dissipated once they entered hometowns in Henan Prov. On Aug 5th, 1914, Bai Lang was ambushed by Yuan Shikai's army and got killed. Tang Degang pointed out that Bai Lang's death was similar to that of Ren Gui of the Nian Rebellion during the Manchu Era.
 
On Nov 5th of 1913, Xiong Xiling called upon various provinces in sending over representatives for an "administration meeting". On the 26th, Yuan Shikai designated eight persons for preparing a politics meeting, which would include Li Jingyi, Liang Dunyan, Fan Zengxiang, Cai E, Bao Xi, Ma Liang, Yang Du & Zhao Weixi. Tang Degang pointed out that Yuan Shikai played a trick in having his "kitchen cabinet" [i.e., a cabinet organized by Xiong Xiling, leader of the "Progressive Party", in the aftermath of outlawing the KMT] rename a scheduled "administration meeting" to the "politics assembly". On Dec 15th of 1913, Yuan Shi-kai convened the 69 member 'politics assembly of senators' in the Chengguang-dian Palace. On Jan 10th of 1914, Yuan Shi-kai dismissed the Parliament by invoking the 2nd enactment of the 'politics assembly of senators'. On Jan 26th, a draft for "organization of the meeting for the 'agreed-upon laws'" was published.
 
After that, Yuan Shi-kai began to modify the 'Interim Agreed-upon Laws' and adopted the presidential structure in place of Parliamentarism. Yuan Shi-kai had the 'Security and Policing Laws' passed for controlling the dissidents and populace. On March 18th, 57 member "meeting for the 'agreed-upon laws'", headed by Sun Yujun & Shi Yu, was launched, which ended in the promulgation of Yuan Shikai's "New Agreed-Upon Laws" on May 1st. On March 20th, Yuan Shi-kai proposed to build the ROC in two stages: i) the stage of modification on the 'Interim Agreed-upon Laws', and ii) the stage of mending the Constitution. On April 29th of 1914, Yuan Shi-kai passed the 'New Interim Agreed-upon Laws', with stipulations like two administrative posts of presidency and secretary of state (replacing the State Council), one-house legislature, and a presidential consultancy agency called the 'house of participating politicians'. The 'house of participating politicians' was empowered with mending the Constitution. The 'New Interim Agreed-upon Laws' went into effect on May 1st. Aside from the election laws which allowed Yuan to act as president for 10 years, to continue the following term in renewal, and to designate a secret name list of three succeeding candidates, the new constitution did devise some basic laws like forestry, citizenship, publication right & etc. Before the legislative branch was established, the 70-member 'Senate' was to act on its behalf. (Tang Degang made an analogy of Yuan's senate to Chiang Kai-shek's "national politics participation meeting" and Mao Tse-tung's "people's consultative conference".)
 
With proposals from Xiong Xiling's cabinet, Yuan Shi-kai initiated a reform in 1914 by separating the governor's job from that of governor-general. The Governor-general, i.e., "du du", was renamed to "jiang jun" [i.e., general], while a separate post entitled "xun [patrol] an [pacifying] shi [emissary]" was to take charge of the civil matter in each province. As to Yunnan Prov, Yuan Shi-kai dispatched Ren Kecheng as "xun [patrol] an [pacifying] shi [emissary]", and cut year 1915's military funding to 240000 yuan from 360000 yuan in the prior year. To curtail Yunnan Province, Yuan Shikai dispatched Cao Kun's 3rd Division & Zhang Jingyao's 7th Division to the border of Sichuan-Yunnan provinces, and sent Chen Huan [and two brigades] to Sichuan in replace of Hu Jingyi's governor-general post. Yunnan Province was surrounded by Wang Zhanyuan of Hubei Prov, Tang Xiangming of Hunan Province and Long Jiguang of Guangdong Province. Guangxi Province's Lu Rongting was the only ally of Tang Jiyao. A second reform by Xiong Xiling's cabinet would be dividing the provincial administration into three levels of province, circuit and county.
 
In Shanghai, in the old days, Dr Sun Yat-sen often utilized the service of a Jewish [Silas Auron Hardon] in holding the meetings. On the Shanghai Bund, in 1914, numerous revolutionaries converged in brothel-like entertainment centers for the "revolutionary" meetings. Dong Zhujun's book "My One Century" (Sanlian Bookstore, Peking, China, Sept 1997 edition) stated that Yuan Shi-kai dispatched Zheng Rucheng, Yang Xiaochuan, Hong Shuzu and Zhu Zhanyuan to Shanghai for arresting and extraditing the revolutionary activists from extraterritorial territories. Dong Zhujun claimed that Sichuan Prov's Governor-general Chen Huan dispatched the agents to Shanghai for dealing with the revolutionaries of Sichuan Province nativity. Xia Zhishi, former deputy governor-general of Sichuan Province during the 1911 Xin Hai Revolution, encountered 15-year-old Dong Zhujun at Chang-San-Tang-Zi [i.e., the No. 1 brothel, similar to Tokyo's Ginza area facilities], and before fleeing to Japan, conspired to have the little girl escape from the brothel on the eve of being pressured into prostitution. On the ship to Japan, Dong Zhujun noticed that Soong Ching-ling [i.e., later Mme Sun Yat-sen] was on board, too. In Japan, Dong Zhujun was called "wang[2] guo[2] nu[2]" by the Japanese, a word to mean someone who lost his or her country. Xia Zhishi did not return to Sichuan Province till after Cai E, Li Liejun and Tang Jiyao waged the Republic Restoration War in Dec 1915.
 
After the failure of the Second Revolution, Chiang Kai-shek left for Japan. It was through Chen Qimei that Chiang Kai-shek first met Sun Yat-sen in early 1914. [Chiang Kai-shek's self accounts stated he was accorded an intimate meeting by Sun Yat-sen in Shanghai in 1913. Li Ao pointed out that the KMT records deliberately lied in stating that Chiang Kai-shek first met Sun Yat-sen in June 1910.]
 
In July of 1914, Sun Yat-sen re-organized his party into the Chinese Revolutionary Party. Chen Qimei was the first to press his fingerprints on the personal allegiance form while some other revolutionaries were turned away by Sun Yat-sen's stringent demand. Chiang Kai-shek was No. 102 on the roll among 741 members who had registered from Dec 1913 to July 1914. Chiang was dispatched back to Shanghai for organizing the rebellions. After the Shanghai rebellion aborted, Chiang Kai-shek was sent to Manchuria for checking out the revolutionary movement, which turned out to be a scam by someone for obtaining the revolutionary funding.
 
 
The First World War & China - Japan's Twenty-one Demands
 
Tang Degang pointed out that Russia and Japan signed three secret treaties, with such clauses as dividing Manchuria & Mongolia should China's revolution lead to the national instability. Russia and Japan, after the 1904-5 war, colluded between themselves to strike several secret agreements regarding the Northestern territory of China. Three times, in 1907, and consecutively in 1910 and in 1912, the two countries signed secret treaties and reached some kind of compromise and coordination as to their separate spheres of influence in Manchuria and Mongolia. Fortunately, the 1911 Xin Hai Revolution ended in a matter of less than 3 months, while the KMT Second Revolution was even shorter in duration.
 
WWI broke out on July 28th, 1914. During WWI, on January 18, 1915, the Japanese government, under prime minister Okuma Shigenobu and foreign minister Kato Takaaki and minister Hioki Eki, attempted to impose the Twenty-One Demands [under five groupings] onto the Republic of China. On Aug 15th, 1914, Japan issued an ultimatum to Germany as to ceding the Jiaozhou-wan Bay to be under the Japanese management and the Chinese sovereignty no later than Sept 15th, 1914. The Jiaozhou-wan Bay was first leased to Germany for 99 years on March 6th, 1898 in the aftermath of death of two German missionaries. Before the one-month ultimatum was to expire, Japan, on Aug 23rd, 1914, attacked the German interests in China. Twenty thousand Japanese soldiers landed in Longkou, and then attacked Qingdao. Yuan Shikai, to maintain neutrality, had to carve out an area for the two parties to fight. Though China designated the area to the east of the Weixian county train station, the Japanese, having declined the German request for handover of the leased territory to China, would go west to occupy the Jiao-Ji [Qingdao-Jinan] Railway on the pretext that the railway was a Sino-German venture. On Oct 6th, the Japanese took over the Jinan train station, arrested the German staff, and expelled the Chinese staff. Paul Reinsch, i.e., the American legation envoy who arrived in China in the wake of President Yuan Shi-kai's expulsion of the KMT members from the Parliament in 1913, "warned Washington of Japan's menacing ambitions when the Japanese army seized the German areas of influence in China, in Shandong Province" per Mike Billington. (Paul Samuel Reinsch, supportive of Yuan's government in Peking and intent on implementing Dr. Sun Yat-sen's plan laid out in "The International Development of China", had tried to circumvent the pro-British and pro-Japan Morgan consortium by soliciting help from Frank Vanderlip [head of National City Bank] of the American International Corporation (AIC) in 1915 and John Abbott of the Continental and Commercial Trust and Savings Bank in Chicago.)
 
On Jan 8th, 1915, Japan first raised the 21 demands, which were to force China into an equivalent semi-vassal status by taking advantage of the European countries' entanglement in WWI. The Japanese, to hoodwink the world opinion, made two copies of the draft, skipping the terms of the Group VI in the briefings with the Western reporters. Yuan Shi-kai divulged part of the Japanese scheme to presidential adviser George Morrison who contacted Henry Donald to get a dispatch sent to The Times which refused to publish the version other than the Japanese version. Wellington Koo secretly passed on the Japanese demands to the American legation. With words from the Americans, the Chinese side did not yield on the Japanese demand that China accept the Japanese as political, economic and military advisors. The Japanese government, following revision of the demands on 26 April 1915 under the pressure of the Americans, sent a final demand on 7 May 1915 to the Chinese as an ultimatum. The following day the Chinese government, aware of its inability to wage war against Japan, reluctantly agreed to Japan's demands. The end result was Yuan Shikai’s consent to the twenty-one demands, which came to be known as the May 9 National Humiliation, one of the many national humiliation days in Chinese history. The subsequent Sino-Japanese talks resulted in treaties and memorandums concluded with Japan on May 25, 1915.
 
With limited support from the Americans, China stood up against Japan in declining the conditions in regards to the hiring of Japanese advisers for the Chinese military and government agencies. Though, President Wilson's China policy was what this webmaster referred to as the 100-year American hypocrisy. It was pivoted from the hypocritical nature of America's Open Door Policy for China, which was originally an idea sold to the Americans by the British career customs officer working in Manchu China's customs office. The reason that China should remain open to all powers, in the opinion of the U.S. president Thomas Woodrow Wilson, was that the 'white civilization' and its domination in the world rested largely on the ability to keep China intact, in the sense that should China fall completely under the Japanese [or the Tsarist Russian or someone else] influence, then the massive Chinese manpower could be utilized like by Genghis Khan to conquer the world. This was the theme of the Yellow Peril, which was inverse to what the British ambassador claimed to Albert Wedemeyer during WWII that a strong and unified China would pose a threat to the Whitemen’s position in the Far East and immediately throughout the world. So to say that the nation of China should be managed delicately, that is, should not be allowed to grow too powerful to pose a threat to the white civilization, nor should it be allowed to be hijacked by a non-U.S. power since China's immense human labor could be turned against the white civilization. (During WWII, the Japanese, who was brought up by the Americans and the British, never realized that they could at most conquer half of China, not as a whole.)
 
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Yuan Shi-kai's Imperial Enthronement
 
After the humiliating "21 demands" agreement, Yuan Shikai, on May 8th, 1915, had mentioned to his top ministers that "China should 'bury head to work diligently for 10 years and then raise head to face Japan' as British minister-envoy Sir John Jordan had suggested; otherwise, China could be in even worse scenario ten years from now." However, Yuan Shikai would soon forget about the national humiliation as he was eager to be an emperor.
 
To further his dream of being an emperor, Yuan Shikai gradually adopted some changes to imitate imperial China. Yuan Shikai dismantled the premiership and the cabinet, designate a post of "secretary of state" [Xu Shichang] in the same fashion as Ming Dynasty's "da xue shi" or Qing Dynasty's "junji dachen", and made ministerial chiefs report to president. Yuan Shikai restored two imperial-era organizations, i.e., "ping zheng yuan" [Manchu "du chai yuan"] and "shu zheng ting" [i.e., "yuan shi tai"], which were for the criminal prosecution and officialdom censorship. A bribery law was made to execute any official who took in 500 yuan equivalent of the currency, which ultimately led to the death of Peking Capital Police Chief Wang Zhiqing. After initiating the reform to separate the provincial administration from governor-generals, Yuan Shikai established two military agencies, i.e., the "Generals' Office" [headed by Duan Qirui] and the "grand marshals' office".
 
Back in May 1914, Yuan Shi-kai first exhibited his intent to usurp the republic per "Biography of Tang Jiyao". Tang Degang stated that Yuan had three fears, i.e., the opposition from his crony generals, the opposition from Japan, and the opposition from Western powers on the matter of economic 'blockade' like the loans. Yuan Shikai's wariness about losing control over the cronies could be seen in the hiring of Cai E, i.e., a non-northern lineage general of Japan cadet background per TDG [whereas quite some historians treated Cai E's relocation as a way to "get the tiger away from his den"]. Yuan Keding, i.e., an elder son who crippled himself while riding a horse, would propose to his father that the Yuan family could live beyond 60 should Yuan Shikai declare himself an emperor. Furthermore, Yuan Keding printed fake editions of the Japanese "Shuntian Shibao Daily" newspaper to make Yuan Shikai believe that his arch enemy since the Korean War, i.e., Japan, had support for Yuan's imperial enthronement. After enthronement in Dec 1915, Yuan Keding's sister and brother found out about the trick and reported to their father. Yang Du, in mid-April 1915, authored an article entitled "Theories of the Constitutional Monarchy for Salvation of the Nation". On June 22nd, Feng Guozhang came to Peking for seeing Yuan Shikai. Yuan Shikai assured Feng that he had no ambition for imperial enthronement since his elder son Yuan Keding was handicapped, his second son Yuan Kewen was a 'fake' scholar, and his 3rd son Yuan Keliang a 'bandit'. After Feng left the residency, Yuan Shikai angrily said, "How could Feng Guozhang do this to me?" Privately, Yuan also assured Xu Shichang that he would retire in London should his cronies pressure him into imperial enthronement. The American legation, in addition to collecting Goodnow's thesis, also reported to Washington D.C. that Yuan Shikai was unlikely to become an emperor.
 
Earlier, Yuan Shikai had hired two foreigners as politics and legal science advisers, i.e., American Gu-de-nuo [Frank J. Goodnow, 1859-1939] and Japanese Ariga Nagao, for supporting the enactment of an imperial system in China. Ariga Nagao, to flatter Yuan, called himself by the ancient title of "wai [alien country] chen [minister]". Frank J. Goodnow, dean of the law school at Columbia U, for his studies in the French-style "republican constitution", was invited to China under the Carnegie Endowment For Intl Peace; however, Tang Degang believed that Gu Weijun [1887-1985] & Wang Chonghui [1881-1958] could be behind it. Invitation for the 3-year contract was before Song Jiaoren's assassination death. Goodnow arrived in Peking on May 3rd, 1913, but left for a schoolmaster's post of John Hopkins U in Aug 1914. During this timeframe, Goodnow devised his constitution for China against the "Temple of Heaven Constitution" and support Yuan Shikai's stance against the KMT 2nd Revolution. On Nov 29th, 1914, in NY, Goodnow took credit for China’s constitution reform at a politics society meeting. In July 1915, Goodnow paid China a visit, and authored an article on the "republic vs monarchy" which was widely quoted by Yuan Shikai's cronies as something to prove that the "hereditary autocracy" was better than the non-hereditary republic". Goodnow cited the example of Oliver Cromwell [1599-1658], two French imperial restoration & Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz [reign 1876-1910] to prove his points. After so-called "Latter Six Gentlemen" organized a preparatory committee for Yuan Shikai's enthronement on Aug 14th, Goodnow made a public announcement on the 17th, claiming that his writing was merely of academic research nature. More, Goodnow published his original text on the "Peking Gazette" newspaper.
 
Yang Du advertised his "preparatory society" on Aug 23rd, 1915. The "Latter Six Gentlemen" included Yang Du, Sun Yujun, Yan Fu, Liu Shipei, Li Xiehe and Hu Ying. Quite some of the organizers were previously members of the "Tong Meng Hui" alliance. The "Theories of Constitutional Monarchy for Salvation of Nation" was published on Aug 26th. Yuan Shikai, who was constantly nervous about enthronement, was pleased to know that Yan Fu [i.e., the 1st schoolmaster of Peking U] had joined the "preparatory society". Yang Du's "preparatory society" launched a nationwide enrolment movement by mailing out the application forms, gallop forms and Goodnow's article to leaders of all provinces as well as in the capital. In the capital, other than top leaders [like Li Yuanhong, Duan Qirui, Xu Shichang & Zhang Jian], majority folks expressed support. Provincial leaders, other than Feng Guozhang & Zhang Xu, the rest of governor-generals had expressed support as well, including the non-northern lineage people like Tang Jiyao & Yan Xishan. By Sept 2nd, 19 generals made a joint petition. Yang Du's "preparatory society" then changed its civilian status by proposing the establishment of a "citizen petition corps". Some senators, who advocated a "national petition united society" for taking control of the petition movement, then proposed to organize a "national assembly" on the pretext that the "citizen petition corps" had submitted tons of petitions. Tang Degang stated that the "6 gentlemen" had expanded into "13 gestapos" with the addition of opportunist senators. On Sept 6th, Yuan Shikai, having known that the Senate had agreed to make him an emperor, ordered that Yang Shiqi read aloud his declination which had a reservation as to acceptance should the whole nation wish to see so. Liang Shiyi compromised the Senate proposition by transforming Yang Du's "preparatory society" into the government-funded "constitutional monarch advancement society" in mid-Oct. The "national assembly" then turned into a "national representative assembly" whereby provinces sent in their reps for a vote on changing the government structure as well as the republican system. 1993 representatives voted for a change in early Dec of 1915. On Dec 11th, Whang Daxie, shouting three "long live 10,000 years", submitted the letter of petition to have Yuan Shikai become an emperor.
(Tang Degang pointed out that Yang Du's imperial proposition to Yuan Shikai had its social background, i.e., the Chinese popular resentment over the social instability in early Republic Era. Tang cited Li Zongren's claim that the Chinese mentality in the Republic era was much worse than that in the late Manchu era, at which time all Chinese were in high spirits for the sole purpose of making China strong and prosperous. Tang also cited Jiang Fucong of Taiwan's Central Library in pointing out that Taiwan in the late 20th century was even worse than the KMT era of the early 20th century: Jiang Fucong stated that he could not understand the widely-reported incest matter in the Taiwan media since in the late Manchu era, a county magistrate was ordered to be deprived of his duty when some man under the jurisdiction hit a birth-mother. Using this line of thought, we could say that Communist China was even worse than the KMT of Taiwan: e.g., HK truck drivers had been able to set up the "second wives villages" at the HK-Shenzhen border, and 82-year-old scientist Yang Zhenning had just married with a 28-year-old young woman.)
 
On Dec 12th [Dec 13th per TDG], 1915, Yuan Shi-kai proclaimed himself Emperor Hongxian. On the 15t, Yuan conferred the title of King Wuyi-qin-wang onto Li Yuanhong who managed to put it off. On the 21st, over 40 cronies received the ranks of duke, marquis, count, viscount and baron. Yuan Shi-kai's imperial enthronement was even opposed by such Manchu monarchists as Kang You-wei. Kang You-wei, in his wire, mentioned the early days when Yuan Shi-kai called Kang You-wei by 'elder brother' and supported Kang You-wei's "Self-Strengthening Society" (i.e., 'qiang xue hui'). Similarly, Liang Qichao published an article on Sept 3rd, 1915, on the "Jing [Peking] Bao [newspaper]", entitled "What a weird thing to talk about the National System?" Liang Qichao, claiming to be an old-fashioned "constitutional monarchists" from the Manchu-era but having switched role with the old-time "revolutionaries", ridiculed Yang Du by questioning the wisdom of imperial enthronement with the following statement: "Why should we change the 'National System' when the Presidential Election Laws, which explicitly stipulated that the President could choose to transfer power to anybody, including either son[s] or the 'able men', appeared to be far advanced than the hereditary monarchy?" Liang Qichao, having pointed out that he had predicted the ensuing chaos of revolution in the late Manchu era, would now predict that China would face more serious chaos 10 years from then with the advent of Yuan Shikai's imperial enthronement. Incidentally, Liang Qichao, who wrote the article in so-called "baozi [newspaper] wen [language]", i.e., the intermediary between the classic Chinese language and the vernacular Chinese language, would portend the coming age of the New Culture per TDG. (Tang, having naivelly called Mao Tse-tung's vernacular writing excellent, further likened Liang Qichao's article to Abraham Lincoln's claim that Harriet Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" had started America's civil war.)
 
Both KMT factions looked to Yunnan Province as a base for uprising should Yuan Shikai proclaim himself an emperor. Sun Yat-sen's Chinese Revolutionary Party was engaged in fighting against Yuan Shikai in the Shanghai-Zhejiang area. Huang Xing's faction, i.e., Li Liejun et al., had made an alliance with Tang Jiyao of Yunnan Prov. Liang Qichao, seeing that Yuan Shikai had no intent for the 'monarchist structure', would oppose Yuan Shi-kai as well [??? one-sided opinion should we examine Liang's article against the imperial enthronement above]. Tang Degang pointed out that anti-enthronement movement would not easily succeed without the internal discord among the northern lineage generals like Feng Guozhang. Duan Qirui, i.e., Yuan's top general as well as Li Hongzhang's disciple, had been replaced in Aug after Yuan Shikai adopted his son's opinion in having retiree Wang Shizhen come back to the front stage again. Yuan's "four friends", like Xu Shichang, Li Jingyi, and Zhang Jian et al., had exhibited lukewarm attitudes and resigned their posts once Yuan got enthroned. Japan, on Jan 19th, 1915, issued a warning to Yuan Shikai. Details about the "republic restoration war" by southwestern provinces would be covered in the section the "republic restoration war" below. In this section, Chen Qimei & Chiang Kai-shek's activities would be covered.
 
Two months back, in Oct of 1915, Chen Qimei regrouped his forces for a rebellion against Yuan Shi-kai in Shanghai. On Nov 10th, Zheng Rucheng was assassinated by Chen Qimei's gang, i.e., assassin Wang Mingshan & Wang Xiaofeng. Yang Shande succeeded Zheng Rucheng. Chiang Kai-shek proposed an attack at both the Wusong Battery and the Longhua Battery plus control of Navy warships in the Huangpu [Whampoo] River. On Dec 5th, uprising aborted when only one warship, Zhaohe-jian, echoed the rebels on the Huangpujiang River in the Shanghai Bund. Li Dongfang claimed that Captain Huang Mingqiu of Zhaohe-jian Warship deliberately went ashore to attend a reception party for Sa Zhenbing so as to avoid the promised uprising. Hence, Yang Hu led 30 people onto the ship but had to hammer-strike to open the ammunition cabin. Revolutionaries failed to acquire the skills to launch the shelling. Another boat of revolutionaries failed to obtain the license from the Bund customs to go into the Huangpu River. Warships Yingrui & Tongji, having at first refused to shell Zhaohe, would be forced to attack Zhaohe. Later, Chen Kejun and about a dozen people who stranded on the Zhaohe Warship due to heavy injuries were killed by Yuan Shikai's cronies. On the shore, Wu Zhongxing took over the telegraph building and one police bureau. Chen Qimei and Chiang Kai-shek slipped away from the Yuyangli Lane headquarters when they heard Chen Guofu intentionally arguing with the French police downstairs. Chen Guofu and a few were arrested by the French. Li Dongfang claimed that altogether 300 revolutionaries took part in action, with over twenty having sacrificed their lives. Chen Jieru's memoirs claimed that Chiang Kai-shek believed that this aborted rebellion had helped propel the nationwide struggles against Yuan Shi-kai's imperial enthronement.
 
Cai Er & Tang Jiyao launched the Republic Restoration War on Dec 15th [?], 1915. (Note that Cai E arrived in Yunnan on Dec 18th via a stopover in Haiphong of Vietnam, and per TDG, arrived in Kunming on the 19th.) However, Yuan Shi-kai, against all odds, still held the enthronement ceremony on Dec 31st and decreed that year 1916 would be the first year of the Hongxian Era of the Empire of China. On Jan 27th, Guizhou Province declared independence. On Feb 15th (?) [March 15th per "Biography of Tang Jiyao"], Guangxi Province declared independence. Li Zongren memoirs stated that it was Lin Hu who made a stealthy return to Guangxi from overseas and persuaded Lu Rongting into declaring independence. Lin Hu assumed the post of 6th Corps commander of the Republic Restoration Army where Li Zongren was a platoon commander hired for training the new recruits by means of outdated Japanese guns.
 
Yuan Shikai on March 22nd revoked the imperial enthronement, and the Hongxian Era the next day after 83 days of farce. In April, the provinces of Guangdong, Zhejiang and Jiangxi followed suit by declaring independence. The northern armies had a truce with the southern armies in Sichuan Prov, and Long Jiguang was forced into independence in Guangdong Prov. On April 12th, in Zhejiang Prov, Tong Baoxuan, a KMT member, declared independence. On April 22nd, Yuan Shikai further conceded by naming Duan Qirui the secretary of state for sake of formation of a cabinet.
 
Li Dongfang stated that revolutionaries in Zhejiang Province took over Hangzhou on April 10th and proclaimed independence. On April 14th-15th, Zhang Zhongquan, Zhang Xingli, Cai Zhengfan & Wang Shanyue, i.e., several platoon chiefs in the 149th & 150th regiments of Fang Gengsheng's 75th mixed brigade at the Jiangyin Battery, launched an uprising. Soldiers took over two batteries and two counties of Jiangyin & Jingjiang, supported Xiao Guangli as commander-in-chief of the "jiang [Yangtze] jing [quelling] jun [army] of the Chinese Revolutionary Army", and dispatched a messenger to Chen Qimei. You Min arrived in Jiangyin on April 17th, and changed the "jiang [Yangtze] jing [quelling] jun [army]" to the "su [Suzhou] chang [Changzhou] jun [army]". Chiang Kai-shek, and Yang Hu were sent to Jiangyin for leading the rebellion against Yuan Shikai's warships near the Jiangyin Battery of Jiangsu Prov. On the 23rd, revolutionaries fought a battle against Feng Guozhang's army sent over from Nanking but later on April 25th, had to disband in face of attacks by the armies from Suzhou, Changzhou, Shanghai and Wuxi. North of the Yangtze, Feng Guozhang ordered that Zhang Xun attack Jingjiang. (You Min, after fleeing to Shanghai, led some people to Shandong where he joined the uprising by Wu Dazhou & Bo Ziming. After an internal strife, You Min's soldiers were disarmed by Bo Ziming. You Min was caught and executed on Aug 17th by Zhang Xun while taking train back to Shanghai from Shandong.)
 
On April 27th, Sun Yat-sen returned to Shanghai from Japan. On May 8th, Yuan Shi-kai dispatched assassins to have Chen Qi-mei killed in Shanghai. Chen Qimei was assassinated by Yuan Shi-kai's cronies after a setup by Li Haiqiu who lured Chen Qimei into a trap on the pretext of asking Chen to act as a guarantor of a mining enterprise in exchange for funding the revolutionary movement. Chen Jieru memoirs stated that it was on May 18th, 1916 that Chen Qimei was assassinated. Chen Jieru memoirs claimed that Chiang Kai-shek had become decadent as a result of the death of Chen Qimei. (LI Dongfang stated that it was Zhang Zongchang who had bought over an assassin called Cheng Zi'an and killed Chen Qimei in a Japanese area residency, and that it was Chiang Kai-shek who arranged the funeral while Chen Qimei's family members were too scared to come out.)
 
On May 5th, Tang Jiyao established a "Southwestern China Military Council" in demand of Yuan Shikai resignation and Li Yuanhong succession. On May 17th, Feng Guozhang convened a meeting of provincial leaders in Nanking as to demanding Yuan Shikai's stepdown. Feng Guozhang felt betrayed by Yuan Shikai because he had helped to allay rumors about Yuan Shikai enthronement after going to Peking to receive a personal assurance from Yuan Shikai. Feng often made an analogy of Yuan Keding to Cao Pi, i.e., the son of Cao Cao during Three Kingdom time period.
 
On May 23rd [May 22nd per "Biography of Tang Jiyao"], Chen Huan, i.e., a Yuan Shikai crony, declared Sichuan Provincial independence. Yuan Shi-kai's crony and Governor-general of Sichuan Province also declared severance of relations from Yuan Shi-kai. On May 27th [22nd ?], Tang Xiangming i.e. a Yuan Shikai crony, declared independence in Hunan Prov. Yuan Shikai died on June 6th. Yuan Shi-kai died of grievances on June 6th. (Li Zongren memoirs adopted June 5th as the date for Yuan Shi-kai's death.)
 
 
The Republic Restoration Wars
 

 
 
Duan Qirui's Ascension To Power, & Compromises
 
The death of Yuan Shi-kai, i.e., Emperor Hongxian, on June 6th of 1916 (lunar calendar), at age 58, could be considered a historical division point as to China's fate. Japanese Prime Minister Okuma Shigenobu wrote an article of warning or admonition nature, mentioning that Yuan Shi-kai died from his being horrified/maddened by concerted national opposition to the restoration of imperial system and the usurpation of the Republic Of China. Yuan Shi-kai acted an emperor for 83 days, only. Yuan Shi-kai's personal friend, Chen Huan, joined the trend of provincial wires stating their independence from the central government by sending a wire about severance of personal relations with Yuan Shi-kai on May 22nd. Nine governor-generals had declared independence from the Peking government. When Yuan Shikai was opposed by his Northern Military Lineage generals, he revoked the emperor's title and changed the governance back to the Republic. Yuan Shi-kai commented that he had seen a star falling off the skies; that his family members had rarely lived beyond the age of 59; and that the last time he saw the meteor would be during the time when Li Hongzhang passed away in 1901. Japanese Prime Minister Okuma Shigenobu cautioned that Yuan Shi-kai's death was a matter that was key to the rise and fall of the Republic Of China and rebuked Yuan Shi-kai for not realizing that China's millennia of imperial system had been mostly occupied with pleasure-seeking and literature-decoration.
 
Before his death, Yuan Shi-kai, on June 2nd, wired to have 40-year-long pal, Xu Shi-chang, recalled from the retirement. Yuan Shi-kai was said to have changed his will at the last minute, deleting his son's name (Yuan Keding) from the list. Yuan Shi-kai's last few words, i.e., "He had doomed me", had been inferred to be a blame of his son for pushing through the agenda of imperial restoration. In accordance with Yuan Shi-kai's will, three persons, Li Yuanhong, Xu Shichang and Duan Qirui, were to take over the governance, with Vice President Li Yuanhong acting as the new President of the Republic Of China. The will also stated that Infantry Chief Minister be Duan Qirui, Foreign Minister & Transportation Minister be Cao Rulin, Interior Minister be Wang Jitang, Finance Minister be Zhou Ziqi, Navy Minister be Liu Guanxiong, Justice Minister and Agri-Commerce Minister be Zhang Zongxiang, and Education Minister be Zhang Guogan. Duan Qirui, initially reluctant to yield presidency to Li Yuanhong, had later insisted that Li Yuanhong be the president against the persuasion of numerous northern military lineage officers. This would be a tactic to appease the KMT and the 'Republic Restoration Armies' in southern provinces.
 
Succession Of the Presidency By Li Yuanhong
Li Yuanhong, who initially intended to give up the right for sake of not antagonizing the northern military warlords, succeeded the presidency on June 7th, with Feng Guozhang acting as vice president. Duan Qirui, who had opposed Yuan Shi-kai's emperor enthronement the most, would now compel Li Yuanhong into the so-called Parliamentarism structure, thus limiting Li Yuanhong's presidency to nothing other than a nominal title. The Northern military warlords, having lost Yuan Shi-kai as their common master, would now be engaged in conflicts and struggles among each other.
 
When Governor-general Chen Shufan of Shenxi Province revoked independence, Duan Qirui conferred Chen Shufan the title of "hanwu jiangjun" (i.e., Han martial general) and accepted him as a new member of the Northern Militarist Clique on June 10th, 1916. The KMT veteran leader, Yu Youren, wired a rebuke telegraph to Chen Shufan. Since Governor-general Chen Huan of Sichuan Province revoked independence, Duan Qirui refused to acknowledge Chen Huan's governor-general status, thinking that Chen Huan might be of help to his Hubei native, i.e., President Li Yuanhong, and that Chen Huan might collude with an opponent called Feng Guozhang. Historians agreed that Duan Qirui treated Chen Huan as a traitor of the "Northern Militarist Clique" when Chen Huan wired over a letter stating that he had severed the personal relations with late president Yuan Shi-kai.
 
Duan Qirui continued Yuan Shi-kai's policy in having Cao Kun assist Zhou Jun's attack on Chen Huan. Cao Kun was a northern government marshal in charge of Sichuan Prov, Zhou Jun was a general in charge of the First Sichuan Division and magistrate of the Chongqing City, while Chen Huan was a governor-general stationed in Chengdu the capital of Sichuan. Zhou Jun dispatched brigadier general Wang Lingji and five battalions against Chen Huan. Zhou Jun called on Sichuan native generals under Chen Huan, like Liu Cunhou and Xiong Kewu, to rebel against Chen Huan [an alien provincial ruler]. Chen Huan requested with Governor-general Cai E of Yunnan Province for relief. Cai E, being sick himself, petitioned with Tang Jiyao for sending the relief to Chen Huan. Chen Huan originally possessed three mixed (enlarged) brigades; however, brigadier general Li Bingzhi was retained in Chongqing by Cao Kun, and Wu Xiangzhen and Feng Yuxiang were not enthusiastic about defending Chen Huan. Before Cai E & Tang Jiyao's relief armies came to Chengdu, Chen Huan had surrendered his city to Wang Lingji on June 25th, 1916.
 
Long Jiguang revoked independence to show affinity with Duan Qirui on June 9th without consulting with "jun wu yuan", i.e., the Southwestern China Military Council. Long Jiguang intended to drive out the Guangxi/Yunnan armies. On June 21st, Duan Qirui conferred the post of "xun an shi" onto Long Jiguang and dispatched the Northern Warlord lineage armies to the relief of Long Jiguang. Duan Qirui sent Governor-general Li Chun of Jiangxi Province and Governor-general Li Houji of Fujian Province to the border areas with Guangdong Province as well as the navy fleet to Canton.
 
Reinstatement of the 'Interim Agreed-upon Laws'
Tang Jiyao and Cen Chunxuan in southwestern China wired over demands that the new Peking government i) restore the 'Interim Agreed-upon Laws' of 1912 in place of the 'New Agreed-upon Laws' of 1914, ii) assemble the Parliament with members of the 1913 Parliament, iii) fill in the post of Vice Presidency, iv) institute the State Council, v) punish the 13-member clique responsible for pushing through Yuan Shi-kai's imperial enthronement, and vi) convene a special military meeting for governor-generals or generals of all provinces to attend in Shanghai. The 13-member clique would include the so-called 'Latter Six Gentlemen': Yang Du, Sun Yujun, Yan Fu, Liu Shibei, Li Xiehe and Hu Ying. (The 'Former Six Gentlemen would be those who were betrayed to Empress Dowager Cixi by Yuan Shi-kai during the Hundred Day Reformation.)
 
More available at Interim-Agreed-upon-Laws.pdf (Check RepublicanChina-pdf.htm page for up-to-date updates.)
* In Commemoration of China's Fall under the Alien Conquests in A.D. 1279, A.D. 1644 & A.D. 1949 *
At the time [when China fell under the alien rule],
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Re-convening of Parliament & Revival Of Parties
 
On August 1st of 1916, the Parliament was reconvened in Peking, with Wang Jiangxiang and Wang Zhengting in charge of 138 attendants in the Upper House, and Tang Hualong and Chen Guoxiang in charge of 318 in the Lower House. Li Yuanhong swore his allegiance to the Constitution as the new president of ROC. Cabinet ministers like Duan Qirui (field army), Chen Jintao, and Cheng Biguang (navy) etc also participated in the opening ceremony.
 
In Guangdong & Shanghai area, the KMT still retained its influence even though Chen Qimei was assassinated by Yuan Shi-kai's cronies. After the republic restoration war, the 'Progressive Party' extended its influence into Guangdong Province when Lu Rongting invited over Liang Qichao. In Sichuan-Guizhou-Yunnan provinces, Liang Qichao's Progressive Party were active in its expansion. The KMT already split into two factions, i.e., Sun Yat-sen's Chinese Revolutionary Party and the 'KMT European War Research Society'. Huang Xing et al., opposed Sun Yat-sen's new party for its stringent requirements like i) the fingerprinted membership and ii) the oath of personal loyalty to Sun Yat-sen. (The KMT European War Research Society, before the outbreak of WWI, had called for a cessation of struggles against Yuan Shi-kai for sake of concerted efforts in countering Japan's 21 Demands. It would be Li Genyuan who led the call in the name of 28 senior ex-KMT leaders, including Cheng Qian, Chen Jiongming and Zhang Shizhao et al. Huang Xing had left Japan for the U.S. by that time after Sun Yat-sen requested with him for a time period of 2 years to go the way of the "Chinese Revolutionary Party".)
 
Progressive Party members advocated no partisanship after the death of Yuan Shi-kai. After the Parliament reconvened, the Progressive Party split into Tang Hualong's constitutional discussions society and Liang Qichao's constitutional research society. The two factions later converged into the 'Research Clique'. The KMT European War Research Society transformed into Zhang Ji's constitutional consultative society which split into three more factions headed by Zhang Ji, Sun Hongyi and Lin Sen/Ju Zheng, respectively. Out of the four ex-KMT organizations would ensue the "politics studies society" (Gu Zhongxiu/Zhang Yao), the "people's friends society", and the "politics leftover club".
 
On August 10th, Li Yuanhong called upon all factions and parties to possess same heart as well as uphold the governance. Also in August Cai E assumed the posts of both governor-general and governor of Sichuan Prov. On Oct 30th, the Parliament added Feng Guozhang [i.e., military leader of the Zhi-xi faction] as the vice-president of the ROC.
 
In Oct of 1916, Japan had a cabinet change, and the new prime minister purportedly advocated for friendship with China. The Japanese foreign minister invited China's minister-envoy Zhang Zongxiang for a secret talk and promised to give loans to China. Zhang Zongxiang relayed the message to Cao Rulin, and Cao Rulin persuaded Duan Qirui into the new policy of 'pacifying the outsider before quelling the internal enemies'. Duan Qirui hence reversed Yuan Shi-kai's policy of befriending the remote powers like Britain and the U.S., in preference for friendship with Japan. China's State Council, without notifying the president, dispatched Cao Rulin to Japan as a special emissary. When Cao Rulin presented to Li Yuanhong a paper for conferring the lordship onto the Japanese emperor, Li Yuanhong rebuked the treachery and adopted Zhang Guofu's advice in having the Parliament debate the issue. Duan Qirui, for sake of obtaining the secret Japanese loans, would compromise with the Parliament as well as Japan in dispatching a non-Japanophile minister to Japan on Feb 27th of 1917.
 
 
Duan Qirui's Premier Post vs Li Yuanhong's Presidency
 
Li Yuanhong, sort of self-righting doll or roly-poly, was used by Duan Qirui as a rubber stamp. Duan Qirui had a higher ranking over brigadier Li Yuanhong at the Manchu times and often took Li Yuanhong as someone who enjoyed 'free lunch'. The two never liked each other. Duan Qirui had personally traveled to Wuchang of Hubei Province to escort Li Yuanhong to Peking for serving as a puppet vice president under Yuan Shi-kai. Duan Qirui's secretary, Xu Shuzheng, often brought a list of new personnel conferrals to Li Yuanhong for the rubber stamping without any consultation with Li Yuanhong as to qualifications of those personnel, and moreover, Xu Shuzheng often exhibited disrespect for Li Yuanhong.
 
Li Yuanhong and Duan Qirui had some common ground, though. When Yuan Shi-kai was in reign, Li Yuanhong had been ordered to send decree to various governor-generals to enforce the separation of the military posts from the civil posts and to reduce the military staff at the provincial level. Duan Qirui, however, intended to cut down the military personnel of southern provinces, only; Duan Qirui also intended to maintain the control over the national military forces at the Ministry of Field Armies. Duan Qirui made a plan for retaining 40 infantry divisions and 20 independent brigades nationwide, with a division containing 10,000 men and a brigade containing 5000 men, and at the provincial level, Duan Qirui made a plan apportioning 200 battalions of provincial guards, with each battalion containing 500 men.
 
When Duan Qirui refused to pull out his northern lineage armies from Sichuan/Hunan provinces, the southern provincial governor-generals did not follow the arms reduction order at all. In addition to the southern provincial governor-generals, Liang Qichao had been mobilizing his supporters in Sichuan-Guizhou-Yunnan provinces for making his newly-found 'Progressive Party' an armed band.
 
Conflicts In Sichuan Province After Cai E's Vacation
Cai E, who has assumed the posts of both governor-general and governor of Sichuan Province in August 1916, would request for a sick leave for treating throat in Japan. Cai E arranged for Luo Peijin to assume his posts, for Dai Kan [member of the Progressive Party] to assume the "military superintendent", and for Liu Cunhou to tack on the corps chief of the 1st Corps. Cai E died shortly after he arrived in Japan. Three factions, i.e., Luo Peijin [Yunnan native] Dai Kan [Guizhou native] and Liu Cunhou [Sichuan native], would be engaged in the power struggles.
 
Liang Qichao dispatched emissary to Chongqing of Sichuan Province for sake of assisting Dai Kan over Luo Peijin. Dai Kan secretly contacted Liu Cunhou for a cooperation in fighting against Luo Peijin. Liu Cunhou, chief of the Sichuan native army's first corps, with Duan Qirui's support, would take advantage of the rift between Luo Peijin of the Yunnan army and Dai Kan of the Guizhou army in order to expel the two out-of-state guys who acted as governor-general and governor of Sichuan province, respectively. Liu Cunhou colluded with Jin Yun'e [i.e. infantry ministerial chief of the Peking government] in dealing with the Yunnan Province army. In Sichuan Prov, the Sichuan army possessed five divisions and one mixed brigade, the Yunnan army two divisions, and the Guizhou army one mixed brigade. In Jan 1917, the Peking government dispatched Wang Zhixiang to Sichuan Province for compressing the army. Luo Peijin agreed to compress the Sichuan redisent armies to three divisions and one mixed brigade for Sichuan, one division and one mixed brigade for Yunnan, and one mixed brigade and one detached regiment for Guizhou as well as to make the resident Yunnan-Guizhou armies subordinate to the Peking government. Luo Peijin suggested to Duan Qirui in having Liu Cunhou relocate to Peking, but Duan Qirui intentionally disclosed it to Liu Cunhou. In March Luo Peijin published the military shrinkage plan to which Liu Cunhou opposed immediately. Duan Qirui secretly maneuvered to have Luo Peijin and Liu Cunhou escalate into open conflicts on April 18th of 1917. Meanwhile, Dai Kan instigated Luo Peijin in solving the problem of Liu Cunhou militarily.
 
On April 13th, Luo Peijin arrested his former subordinate Chen Zepei, i.e., Sichuan provincial army 4th Div chief. On the 15th, the 4th Div was disbanded; however, soldiers were collected by Liu Cunhou right away. On the 18th, at the north gate of Chengdu, Liu Cunhou's army attacked the convoy carrying the guns of the dismissed 4th Div. For one week, the two sides engaged in lane to lane fighting. The Peking government pretended to mediate over the conflict by having Dai Kan take over the posts from Luo Peijin. The end result is that Luo Peijin retreated out of Chengdu for a compromise with the Sichuan army.
 
Dai Kan antagonized Liu Cunhou by eating his promise of yielding the post of Sichuan military superintendent. Liu Cunhou assassinated a Dai Kan crony and sent troops to the outskirts of Chengdu. At this time, pigtail general Zhang Xun, having driven away Li Yuanhong in Peking, restored last Manchu Emperor Pu-yi onto the throne. Zhang Xun sent an order to confer the post of the "Manchu Governor of Sichuan Prov" onto Liu Cunhou. Dai Kan, utilizing Zhang Xun's conferral, petitioned with Tang Jiyao [Yunnan Prov] & Liu Xianshi [Guizhou Prov] in quelling the "traitor to the Republic". By July 5th, the Sichuan army began to attack Dai Kan who had the 5000-men Guizhou army. Alternatively speaking, "Biography of Tang Jiyao" [by Zheng Xuetao - Cheng Yuechong - Li Jun - Xu Hongjun: PO Box 3652, Hongkong, March 1979 edition]] claimed that Dai Kan ordered that Xiong Qixun's brigade launch a surprise attack at Liu Cunhou on the night of July 5th. Fighting continued for half a month. On the 17th, Dai Kan retreated out of the south gate of Chengdu. At the border of Renshou county Dai Kan would be killed by the Sichuan army in an ambush on July 21st. In Peking, Liang Qichao, saddened by the loss of his party member Dai Kan, rebuked Duan Qirui for supporting the Sichuan army. Sichuan would undergo further rounds of tripartite wars.
 
In mid-July 1917, the Sichuan Province army continued to engage with the Yunnan & Guizhou armies in the Battle of Qing-Mei, and in Aug-Sept, the Battle of Zi-Nei. Having realized that the Sichuan fighting were the attempt of the northern government in exercising total control of the province, Tang Jiyao joined Sun Yat-sen in launching the movement of "safeguarding the interim agreed-upon laws".
 
China's Declaration Of War On Germany (1917)
Dong Zhujun's "My One Century" stated that Duan Qirui and Li Yuanhong had quarrels in regards to China's declaration Of war on Germany. The declaration of war was more an infighting between the two factions than a Chinese attempt at asserting its role in the international arena. Sun Yat-sen, who opposed the war participation, wrote in his 1917 book The Vital Problem of China, questioning: "Is it right for England to rob China of Hong Kong and Burma, to force our people to buy and smoke opium and to mark out portions of Chinese territory as her sphere of influence?. . . If one really wants to champion the cause of justice today, one should first declare war on England, France and Russia, not Germany and Austria. . . . When another country is strong enough to be utilized, Britain sacrifices her own allies to satisfy its desires, but when that country becomes too weak to be of any use to herself, she sacrifices it to please other countries." (As records showed, Sun was bribed by the Germans in opposing China's entry to WWI.) The KMT critics, including Li Ao, had attributed the foresight to the northern government, though.
 
In Peking, Duan Qirui obtained the support of Liang Qichao's "Progressive Party" in countering Li Yuanhong. While Duan Qirui obtained the support of Japan, Li Yuanhong threw himself into the camp of Britain and the U.S. (The role of the U.S. was dubious as Reisch, one of the very few Americans with sympathy for China and the Chinese people, appeared to be urging China to join the war as a way to reap the fruits of the post-war world reorganization while the U.S. satte department had no such endorsement.) Li Yuanhong obtained support from Zhang Ji's KMT "constitution consultative society". In March 1917, Duan Qirui organized a so-called "du jun [governor-general] tuan [delegation]" to exert pressure on Li Yuanhong for sake of having China declare war on Germany. Li Yuanhong, though a roly-poly, refused to cooperate with Duan Qirui on the war declaration.
 
Few months later, there was divulsion of Duan Qirui's secret agreements with Japan for the bank loans. Taking advantage of this notorious event, on May 23rd, Li Yuanhong ordered the deprivation of Duan Qirui's premier post. After Li Yuanhong revoked the premier post of Duan Qirui, Duan Qirui would travel to Tianjin where he instigated the governor-generals for a declaration of "independence" from the Peking government. On May 29th, Ni Sichong declared independence for Anhui Province. Manchuria, Shandong, Shaanxi Henan and Shanxi provinces followed suit.
 
Tang Jiyao declared allegiance to Li Yuanhong's presidency, advised against Ni Sichong's "rebellious" independence, cautioned Liu Cunhou as to Sichuan Province's tripartite wars, and petitioned for cooperation among the Southwestern Governor-generals. In June, Duan Qirui established a so-called "general tactics department" for independence-declared governor-generals in Tianjin. Hence, Li Yuanhong invited pigtail general Zhang Xun into Peking for mediation. At the demand of Zhang Xun, Li Yuanhong dismissed the parliament on June 12th. Tang Jiyao called upon the southwestern generals for a "Second Campaign For Restoring The Republic". Zhang Xun then forced Li Yuanhong into resignation. In cooperation with monarchist Kang Youwei, Zhang Xun took advantage of the chaos in restoring Aixinjueluo Pu-yi back to the throne in the Forbidden City on July 1st, 1917.
 
 
Zhang Xun's Restoration Of the Imperial House
 
On April 10th, 1917, in southern China, Lu Rongting assumed the post of "xuan [visiting] yue [monitoring] shi [emissary]" which would be above governor-general ["du jun"]. Lu Rongting designated Chen Bingkun and Tan Haoming as governor-general ["du jun"] for the Guangdong-Guangxi provinces, respectively. Together with Tang Jiyao & Liu Xianshi, i.e., governor-general ["du jun"] for the Yunnan-Guizhou provinces, the four guys comprised the power base of southwestern China.
 
On July 1st, Zhang Xun fetched the last Manchu emperor from the forbidden city for an imperial restoration and declared the Era of the 9th Year of Manchu Emperor Xuantong. Li Yuanhong resigned his presidency in Peking and sought asylum inside of the Japanese legation, while vice president Feng Guozhang assumed the ROC presidency in Nanking. Tang Jiyao, for a "Second Campaign For Restoring The Republic", organized 8 corps of "jing-guo-jun [the army that pacifies the country]" and devised a strategy of a four-route campaign.
 
Duan Qirui held an oath of war at Machang and cracked down on the Zhang Xun imperial restoration by organizing a 50000-men "tao [campaigning against] ni [rebel] jun [army]". On July 12th, Zhang Xun fled, and Fu-yi abdicated for a second time in his life. Duan Qirui invited Feng Guozhang to Peking for acting as proxy president on the excuse that Li Yuanhong had legally resigned his presidency already. Duan Qirui, after re-asserting his role as premier and infantry minister, refused to re-convene the parliament or safeguard the "interim agreed-upon laws".
 
Tang Jiyao, in collaboration with Lu Rongting, declared that Southwestern China do not acknowledge the Duan Qirui cabinet. Tang & Lu requested for the return of Li Yuanhong presidency. Sun Yat-sen called upon the parliament representatives in going south. Since Duan Qirui intended to set up a new Parliament, Sun Yat-sen called upon the former parliament members and the Navy officers for a move to Canton on July 17th. On July 22nd, 1917, Navy General Cheng Guangbi declared a defection to the south as an echo for Sun Yat-sen's call. Per Zhang Yufa, those parliament members who went to the South would be mostly KMT members from the 1913 Parliament and the "constitution consultancy society" faction of the 1916 Parliament. On Aug 5th, the Parliament representatives flocked to Canton in the south where they convened a special session. On Aug 11th, Tang Jiyao insisted upon the "interim agreed-upon laws" in a public wire. On Aug 18th, 130 Parliament members declared the extraordinary session of the Parliament. Sun Yat-sen convened a special session of the Parliament on Aug 25th. On 30th, the Extraordinary Parliament passed the organization guideline for the transitionary military government. On Sept 1st, the Special Session of the Parliament selected Sun Yat-sen as the "Grand Marshal for infantry and navy" of the military government. On Oct 3rd, Sun Yat-sen wired to express opposition to Peking's convening the upper house of the Parliament. Armies of the south and north went into conflict in Hunan Province.
 
 
The Southern Government & Protecting the 'Interim Agreed-Upon Laws'
 
KuoMingTang [KMT] (i.e., Guomindang [GMD] in pinyin), commonly known as the Nationalists, was formed on basis of a loose organization comprising of several revolutionary organizations, such as "Tong Meng Hui", "Tongyi Gonghe Dang", "Guomin Gongjin Hui", "Gonghe Shijin Hui", & "Guomin Gong Dang". KMT was coordinated and founded by Song Jiaoren in Peking on August 25th of 1912. KMT stipulated nine board directors, including Sun Yat-sen, Huang Xing and Song Jiaoren etc, and 29 councilors, including Hu Hanmin, Li Liejun, Jiang Yiwu, Sun Yujun, Tan Yankai, Yu Youren and Ma Junwu. Song Jiaoren had publicly announced that he did not have any difference of opinion from Sun Yat-sen. Sun Yat-sen was supported as the 'board of director' of KMT. Sun Yat-sen, however, later gave up the 'board of director' post for his dream of laying railroad. Song Jiaoren worked diligently for building a majority KMT party inside of the Parliament. But, Yuan Shi-kai, in order to fulfill his dictator or emperor's dreams, would hire an assassin to have Song Jiaoren assassinated on March 20th 1913. (Historian Tang Degang, who had befriended the grandson of Yuan Shikai, had proposed an alternative explanation as to the culprit behind the assassination.)
 
In Guangdong Prov, Chen Jiongming, with the assistance of Yuan Shi-kai, had robbed Hu Hanmin of the governor-general post. Hu Hanmin, who was made into governor-general of Guangdong after 1911 revolution, had first resigned the post to be secretariat of Sun Yat-sen's interim presidency in Nanking around the turn of 1911-1912; after Yuan Shi-kai's succession of interim presidency in Peking, Hu Hanmin returned to Guangdong Province to serve as governor-general, till Chen Jiongming took over the post. Inside of Guangdong Province army, a division chief by the name of Zhong Dingji struggled with Chen Jiongming for power. A brigade chief by the name of Su Shenchu fought against Zhong Dingji. Another brigade chief by the name of Zhang Woquan fought against Su Shenchu.
 
After the assassination of Song Jiaoren on Mar 20th 1913, revolutionary leaders had changes of mind as to fighting Yuan Shikai. Huang Xing, having first proposed an armed opposition, would later advocated for legal means in fighting Yuan Shi-kai. The discord had caused the KMT a loss of time in taking initiatives while Yuan Shikai, with an international consortium loan that was suddenly approved by ill-motivated Anglo-American bankers, decided to take heavy-handed action against the KMT. KMT, for sake of maintaining peace, had surrendered governor-general posts of several southern provinces. But Yuan Shi-kai intended to eradicate the KMT forces altogether and dispatched his military against the southern provinces of Anhui-Jiangxi-Jiangsu-Hubei-Shanghai etc. With the nodding approval of Sun Yat-sen, KMT governor-generals and generals, like Li Liejun of Jiangxi, Tan Yankai of Hunan, Bai Wenwei of Anhui and Xu Chongzhi of Fujian, declared independence. Sun Yat-sen, in July 1913, issued a proclamation to the Chinese citizens in regards to 'campaigning against Yuan Shikai for treason'. On July 23rd of 1913, Yuan Shi-kai revoked Sun Yat-sen's title of "plenipotentiary" for China national railroads, a job Sun Yat-sen accepted on Sept 9th of 1912 to fulfill his dream of laying 200,000 li distance railroad tracks. On the same day, Yuan Shi-kai declared Huang Xing, Chen Qimei and Bai Wenwei as 'traitors'. Second Revolution ended with the defeat of Li Liejun by Yuan Shi-kai's army and the loss of Nanchang in Jiangxi Province on Aug 18th of 1913. In Anhui Prov, Yuan Shi-kai's crony, Ni Sichong, took over governor-general post on Aug 28th of 1913. In Jiangsu Prov, Zhang Xun sacked Nanking on Sept 1st 1913.
 
Cai Er first proclaimed neutrality on behalf of three provinces of Yunnan-Guizhou-Sichuan, and then claimed to supply three divisions to aid Yuan Shikai. In Guangdong Prov, Long Jiguang assumed governor-general post, and Chen Jiongming fled on August 5th. Sun Yat-sen left for Guangdong on Aug 2nd, with an intention to treat Guangdong Province as homebase; en route, at a stopover in Mawei of Fujian Prov, a Japanese consulate official informed Sun Yat-sen of the possible Long Jiguang conspiracy in Canton; Sun Yat-sen, together with Hu Hanmin, then changed ship to Taiwan; and thereafter, Sun Yat-sen secretly arrived in Japan and stayed in the home of Toyama Mitsuru, i.e., Japanese spiritual leader of "black dragon society", the successor to Genyosha a secret society. Documents dating to Sept 27th 1913 had shown that Sun Yat-sen was already contemplating on his new party. Chiang Kai-shek, i.e., Jiang Zhiqing, signed the enrolment form from Shanghai on Oct 29th. In July of 1914, Sun officially re-organized KMT into the so-called "Zhonghua Geming Dang", i.e., Chinese Revolutionary Party.
 
Yuan Shi-kai did not outlaw KMT or dismiss the Parliament till after his presidency confirmation. On Oct 10th of 1913, Yuan Shi-kai, having hijacked the Parliament in passing the 'election law' [on Oct 4th ]ahead of the Constitution and locked up the Parliament members to coerce an election, was officially elected the president of ROC after barely passing the majority ballots needed, ensuing three rounds of ballot casting. Parliament members passed Yuan Shikai after over 1000 rascals surrounded the building in the name of "citizen corps". Fireworks erupted thereafter to celebrate Yuan Shikai's election. On Oct 16th of 1913, Yuan Shi-kai proposed an amendment of the 'Interim Agreed-upon Laws' of 1912 in the attempt of aborting the birth of the official Constitution and expanding his presidential power over the Parliament. Yuan Shikai, being not happy over the Oct 3rd 1913 "Constitution of the Temple of Heaven", would order a revision of "Interim Agreed-Upon Laws". On Nov 4th of 1913, Yuan Shi-kai, against the objection of Liang Qi-chao (Progressive Party leader), outlawed KMT and deprived 438 KMT members of their Parliament representative title. On Dec 15th of 1913, Yuan Shi-kai convened the 69 member 'politics assembly of senators', and on Jan 10th of 1914, Yuan Shi-kai dismissed the Parliament by invoking the 2nd enactment of the 'politics assembly of senators'.
 
In July of 1914, Sun Yat-sen formed "Zhonghua Geming Dang", i.e., the Chinese Revolutionary Party, in the attempt of reviving the spirits of the former "Tong Meng Hui". Huang Xing etc opposed Sun Yat-sen's new party for its stringent requirements of i) fingerprinted membership and ii) oath of personal loyalty to Sun Yat-sen. Sun Yat-sen's new party was boycotted by senior KMT leaders like Li Liejun, Bai Wenwei, Tan Renfeng, Chen Jiongming and Zhang Ji. (Also in year 1914, Liu Sifu established a so-called anarchist communism society in Shanghai, and March of this year, Li Shumeng, aka Jiang Qing, i.e., Mao Zedong's future unofficial wife, was born in Shandong Prov.)
 
On Aug 15th 1914, Japan issued an ultimatum to Germany as to ceding Jiaozhou-wan Bay to Japan management and Chinese sovereignty by the deadline of Sept 15th. (Later, on May 25th 1915, Japan forced China into signing a secret agreement which was to incorporate "Twenty One Demands" raised previously.)
 
Short History Of Southern Revolutionary Movement

 
Tripartite Wars In Sichuan Province

 
Movement For Protecting the 'Interim Agreed-Upon Laws'

 
'Law Safeguarding Wars'

 
Sun Yat-sen Departing 'Grand Marshal' Post For Shanghai

 
Continuing 'Law Safeguarding Wars' Between South & North

 
Sun Yat-sen's Activities In Shanghai

 
Versailles Peace Conference & May 4th 1919 Students' Movement

 
New Round Of Wars In Sichuan Province (1920) & Tang Jiyao's Exile


 
 
Civil Wars Among Northern Warlords
 
Imperialists & Supplanting Proxies Among Warlord Generals:
 
War Between Zhi-xi/Feng-xi & Wan-xi (1920)
 
First War Between Zhi-xi & Feng-xi (1922)
 
Cao Kun Bribery of Elections (Oct 5th 1923)
 
First Jiangsu-Zhejiang War (i.e., War Between Zhi-xi & Wan-xi, 1924)
 
Second War Between Zhi-xi & Feng-xi (1924)
 
Second Jiangsu-Zhejiang War (i.e., War Between Zhi-xi & Feng-xi, 1924-1925)
 
War Between Sun Chuanfang & Feng-xi, 1925)
 
War Between Guo Songling (Feng-xi) & Zhang Zuolin (Feng-xi), 1925
 
War Between Feng Yuxiang & Li Jinglin (Zhi-xi) /Zhang Zongchang (Shandong Prov), 1925
 
War Between Feng Yuxiang & Wu Peifu (Zhi-xi) / Zhang Zuolin (Feng-xi) / Li Jinglin (Hebei Prov)-Zhang Zongchang (Shandong Prov), 1926:
 
Intra-Provincial Wars Among Warlords
 
 
Russia, Britain & Japan - Tibet, Xinjiang, Mongolia & Manchuria
 
Per Scholar Yang Yuqing, Sino-USSR relations could never have a breakthrough on the matter of i) Mongolia, and ii) Zhong-dong Railroad of Manchuria (i.e., Chinese Eastern Railway). In 1910 and 1911, Russia and Japan had reached secret treaties in regards to their 'spheres of influence' in Mongolia and Manchuria. (Tang Degang pointed out that Russia and Japan, after 1904-5 war, became friends overnight, and signed secret treaties on July 30th 1907 and July 4th 1910 for subdividing Manchuria into two spheres of influence. The line of division would be in present Jilin Province, from Russian-Korean border to Gunchun, to Jingbo Lake [Bi-er-teng Lake], to Xiushuidian.)
 
When Xin Hai Revolution broke out in 1911, Mongolian lama, under the instigation of Czarist Russia, expelled Manchu officials and declared Mongolia independence on Nov 30th (lunar calendar). http://www.un.int/mongolia/histdoc.htm claimed that in July 1911, the Khalkha princes, high functionaries and lamas had already discussed the separation of Mongolia from Manchuria. On Dec 28th (lunar calendar), Mongolian lama declared the era of Gongdai, i.e., 'supporting together'. http://www.un.int/mongolia/histdoc.htm claimed that "on 29 December Jebtzundamba Khutukhtu YIII was proclaimed Bogd Khan, head of the religion and the State." Russia tried to force Manchu China into acknowledging Mongolia independence. Russia emissary also visited London to have an agreement on acknowledging Britain's interests in Tibet in exchange for Britain’s reciprocal acknowledgement of Russia's claim in Outer Mongolia. Tang Degang pointed out that Russian governor for Siberia, Nikolai Muraviev, in 1854, had proposed to Czar a suggestion to wrestle Outer Mongolia from China.
 
On July 8th 1912, Russia and Japan signed the 3rd secret treaty over Inner Mongolia. Russian S.D. Sazonov and Japanese Honno Ichiro [[Benye Yilang]] signed the secret treaty in St Petersburg to subdivide Inner Mongolian into two halves. On Oct 3rd of 1912 (lunar cal), Russian minister-envoy to China, Ivan Korostovets, went to Mongolian capital for signing "Russo-Mongolia Treaty", making Mongolia a puppet protectorate of Czarist Russia. Russians recruited 40000 Mongolians from four banners for organizing a Mongolian Army, and supplied 40000 rifles, 4000 cases of bullets, 8 cannons, and 2 million Russian currency. Foreign minister Liang Ruhao resigned at the news of Russian-Mongolian treaty. Yuan Shikai ordered that Lu Zhengxiang succeeded the post for negotiating with Russians in Nov 1912. Only America expressed opposition to Russian attempts in Outer Mongolia but softened its stance due to its colonialism in the Philippines, while Japan & Britain kept the silence for their secret treaties. Yuan Shi-kai's Cabinet tried very hard to retain Mongolia and exchanged wires with Mongolian lama several times. Mongolia lama expressed his opinions of trying to have self-protection rather than following the suit of Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan. Meantime, Yuan Shi-kai ordered that Zhang Shaozeng meet the banner leaders of two Inner Mongolian tribal alliances and successfully solidified China's control over Inner Mongolia.
 
On the other side of the border, imperialists had been probing into Tibet incessantly. Back in 1845, two French priests were caught in disguise of merchants and expelled from Tibet; two more French priests were killed in 1851 & 1854 by locals while penetrating into Cha-yu-he river valley from India; and in 1861, French priests encountered resistance from Tibetan lamaists in Lhasa and the entire southwestern China.
 
British, after colonizing India, never let loose its eyes on Tibet. Historian Tang Degang pointed out that Britain, which had supported US in propagating the 'Open Door Policy' in the aftermath of 1900 Boxer Incident, never intended to have anyone else share its interests in Tibet. Prior to Xin Hai Revolution, Britain had coerced Manchu China into five unequal treaties on Tibet, i.e., in the years of 1890, 1893, 1904, 1906, 1908. Tang Degang further pointed out that it was not Manchu's skillful diplomacy but British cunningness that allowed Manchu China to claim suzerainty over Tibet as a way to defray possible Russian encroachment. In deed, 13th Dalai Lama received the Russian conferral of "emperor for safeguarding Buddhist laws". However, taking advantage of 1904 Russian-Japanese War, Britain, under Sir Francis Younghusband, invaded Lhasa in the summer. 13th Dalai Lama fled to Qinghai and then Kulun for seeking Russian help. British erected 9th Panchen [Panchan] Lama as a puppet. Britain tried to extract 500,000 pounds as war compensation. Manchu resident-minister to Tibet was dismissed. Tang Shaoyi of Tianjin customs office was sent to India for negotiating with British. Dalai Lama, however, requested for a visit to the Forbidden City before Dowager Empress Cixi and Emperor Guangxu died. Yuan Shikai & Zhang Zhidong proposed that Sichuan Province army escorted Dalai back to Tibet. Tibet was pacified by Governor-general Zhao Erfeng in 1909. British secretly coerced Dalai to India. 13th Dalai Lama was deprived of his title by Manchu court in 1910. After 1911 Xin Hai Revolution, in June 1912, British escorted Dalai back to Lhasa, expelled Manchu-era officials, and slaughtered pro-China folks. (At the time, Dalai Lama was in charge of 3550 monasteries or 302,500 monks and 1201,438 households of serfs, while Panchen Lama 327 monasteries or 13700 lamas & 6752 households of serfs.)
 
After Tibetan lamas attacked Sichuan Prov, the new governor-general for Sichuan Prov, i.e., Yi Changheng, counter-attacked Tibetan army. Tibetans retrieved Dalai Lama in 1911 for declaring the independence after Xin-hai Revolution that overthrew Manchu rule. British escorted Dalai back to Tibet. On the matter of Tibet, Yuan Shi-kai ordered that Yunnan Governor-general Cai E and Sichuan Governor-general Yi Changheng quell the Tibetan independence rebellion in Tibet/Sichuan areas. Sichuan Governor-general Yi Changheng dispatched General Zhong Ying as "xing zheng shi" or administrator to Tibet. In July of 1911, Yuan Shi-kai reached a compromise with British minister-envoy in restoring the title of 13th Dalai Lama in exchange for Britain's acknowledgement of the Republic of China. On April 6th of 1912, Tibetans, under instigation of the British, drove off Chinese army and intruded into Sichuan Prov; on Sept 1st, Dalai Lama requested for peace; and on Oct 28th, Dalai Lama was restored his title. In Oct 1913, Yuan Shikai's government dispatched a delegation to the Simla Conference which ended in July 1914 to no avail. British intended to divide Tibet into two parts, i.e., Outer Tibet and Inner Tibet [Qinghai, and parts of Sichuan & New Dominion Prov]. British first proposed the McMahon Line in the attempt of cutting the Tibetan territory south of the Himalaya Ridge for India. Sir Henry McMahon planned to grab a territory three times the size of Taiwan Island. Fortunately, Britain had to exert its efforts to WWI, hence suspending its ambition against Tibet for the time being. (McMahon dispute would lead to Sino-Indian Border War in 1962. When Tang Degang visited India in the name of Columbia U, he noticed that Indian women and beggars were busy going through military exercises for recovering "lost" McMahon territories. Tang Degang ridiculed Tibetan's inheriting the "nationalism" of WWI-WWII eras by likening it to i) Thai royal family's collusion with Japanese [for expanding Thai influence throughout southeast Asia and southwestern China during WWII, and ii) Communist China's making up in southwestern China a so-called Zhuang-zu Minority the name of which Li Zongren of Guangxi nativity had never heard of since birth.)
 
Yuan Shi-kai's Cabinet, headed by Zhao Bingjun, conferred the foreign minister post onto Lu Zhengxiang. China and Russia, after eight month negotiations, reached an agreement on Feb 7th of 1913, with nominal Chinese sovereignty over Outer Mongolia. http://www.un.int/mongolia/histdoc.htm mentioned that "one of the documents to prove this is the Sino-Russian declaration of October 23, 1913, whereby Russia recognized China's suzerainty over Mongolia. In fact the 1915 agreement confirmed China's suzerain status. Some historians tend to interpret the agreement as if Bogd Khan's Mongolia was an autonomous part of China." Zhao Bingjun Cabinet collapsed after Song Jiaoren was assassinated; Lu Zhengxiang cabinet negotiated for five months with Russians since Nov 1912, but the draft was disapproved by the Senate; and the new foreign minister, Sun Baoqi, re-negotiated with Russia for another four months. By Nov 4th [Nov 5th per TDG] of 1913, Sun Baoqi signed the treaty with Russia after Yuan Shi-kai incapacitated the Congress by expelling 360 Nationalist (KMT) members due to Sun Yat-sen's launch of Second Revolution. On June 7th 1915, Russian, China & Mongolia signed the 22-clause trilateral treaty in Kyakhta. Treaty, in four languages, did acknowledge China's nominal suzerainty over Outer Mongolia as well as China's territorial integrity with the inclusion of Outer Mongolia. Tang Degang pointed out that Russians yielded the suzerainty issue for fear that Japan might take advantage of WWII to partition China on the matter of Southern Manchuria, Shandong Peninsula and Eastern Inner Mongolia.
 
Later, Chiang Kai-shek, after establishing his control over China in 1927, would establish a Mongolia-Tibet Committee, but did not have the chance to dispatch official to Tibet till 1934 when Tibetan religious factions were having a dispute over the heir of 13th Dalai Lama: Huang Musong of Mongolia-Tibet Committee was dispatched to Lhasa to enforce the Emperor Qianlong tradition that was established in 1792 after Manchu defeated and expelled the Gurkha from Tibet. On Feb 23rd 1940, Wu Zhongxing came to Lhasa for hosting the heir pick, and left Kong Qingxiang in Tibet as admin department chief of Mongolia-Tibet Committee of ROC. Tibetan Regent Rizhen Hutuketu, to express his affinity with Chinese, had dispatched a solicititude delegation with 10000 sheep skin and 500,000 silver dollars to Chongqing as a support for the Chinese generals and soldiers who were resisting Japanese aggression. In spring of 1944, taking advantage of British weakness in India turmoil, Chiang sent Shen Zonglian to Tibet with huge amounts of gold, silver and foreign currency. In New Delhi, Shen Changhuan & Shen Zonglian argued with Sir Olaf Caroe as to the difference of territorial ownership and suzerainty over Tibet. Sir Basil Gould followed the path of Shen Zonglian in bringing over lots of gifts for Tibetan lamas and nobles. A grandiose National Day reception was held in Lhasa on Oct 10th 1944. On Aug 14th 1945, Tibetans and Chinese celebrated the victory over Japan. At the urge of Shen Zonglian, Tibet dispatched two representatives to KMT's "National Representative Assembly" in 1946-7. To rein in Tibetans, Shen managed to have the son of Dalai Lama's brother sent to China for studies.
 
 
Russian Revolution: Nationalism vs Internationalism
 
Russian Revolution, per Harold Isaacs, could be divided into stages: internationalism under Lenin (till his death in 1925) and Russian nationalism under Stalin. This division might have some merit in the early years of Lenin's revolution, at which time Soviet Russia, blockaded in all directions by imperialist powers under the helm of Great Britain, had sought reconciliation with and sympathy from Chinese. Lenin had offered such lip-service as to nullifying all unequal treaties imposed on China by Czar Russia. Should China's Northern (Warlord) Government, under the leadership of Yuan Shi-kai's disciples, seek for breakthroughs in relations with Russia, maybe something could have been achieved. (Whereas today, Communist China, under Jiang Zemin, had accepted status quo with Russia and reportedly had signed secret treaties giving up territories taken over by Russia and USSR.)
 
In the Russian Far East, on Nov 18, the Bolsheviks under Konstantin Aleksandrovich Sukhanov (1894 - 1918) seized power in Vladivostok. On June 29th 1918, Czarist loyalists, with the help of the Czech Legion, defeated the Bolshevik rule in Vladivostok. The Allied Forces, commanded by the Japanese Lt Gen Otani Kikuzo and joined by Chinese [together with contingents from Canada, France, Italy, Poland, Rumania, Serbia, the UK and the US], helped to end the Soviet authority in the rest of the area. A so-called Supreme White Russian authority was claimed by the Provisional Government of Autonomous Siberia under Pyotr Yakovlevich Derber The Soviets did not reclaim control till Jan of 1920 when pro-Soviet partisans created three "non-Bolshevik" administrations to serve as a buffer zone against Japan. At the risk of being arrested by Japanese and China's northern government, Chinese communism activists, like Liu Shaoqi, had to slip through the frontier to get onto the train for Moscow. Soviets did not take control of the Far East till after Japan, on Oct 25 1922, withdrew from the coast. Japan was to retain control over the Northern Sakhalin till 1925.
 
On July 4, 1918, Georgy Vasilyevich Chicherin, commissar for USSR Foreign Affairs, declared that Bolshevik Russia had unilaterally renounced all Czarist unequal treaties with China as well as Czarist agreements with Japan and other countries relating to China. This policy was again set forth in a manifesto issued on July 25, 1919 by deputy commissar Leo Karakhan.
 
Comintern was established in March of 1919. After the failures of communist revolution in Germany and Hungary, Lenin turned his attention to the east. The July-Aug 1920 Second Meeting of Comintern spelled out clauses in regards to instigating revolution in the Orient. On September 27, 1920, the Soviet government, per Harold Issac, "reiterated its denunciation of all previous treaties, renounced all Czarist annexations of Chinese territory, and returned to China free of charge and forever all that was ravenously taken from her by the Czar's government and by the Russian bourgeoisie." However, Soviet missions to China, under M. I. Yurin and A. K. Paikes, tried fruitlessly from 1920 to 1922 to negotiate a new treaty with China due to Western and Japanese pressure on the Peking government. (Harold Issac mentioned that "there were some significant equivocations, relating to the Chinese Eastern Railway in particular, which strongly suggested second thinking by at least some Russians in policy-making positions at the time.")
 
Per Scholar Yang Yuqing, Northern (Warlord) Government, headed by Duan Qirui's Wan-xi Cabinet, initially refusing to acknowledge USSR as legal government of Russia, had allowed Czarist Russian embassy to continuously operate in Peking and remitted the 'Boxer Protocol' indemnity payments to the Czarist Russian embassy. In May of 1918, Northern (Warlord) Government and Japan signed two so-called 'Sino-Japanese Military Agreement In Regards To Jointly Defending Against Enemy (i.e., USSR)'. USSR was threatened both by Czarist Russian White Army remnants in Outer Mongolia / Russian Far East as well as extra Japanese army deployment which was invited over to Manchuria.
 
On March 7th of 1918, Duan Qirui's Wan-xi Cabinet set up the pro-Japanese Anfu Club (i.e., Anfu Clique), with 'an' meaning safe and 'fu' meaning happy. Th Anfu Clique, built on top of the Zhonghe Club with the support of Xu Shuzheng, had leading members such as Wang Jitang and Wang Yinchuan et al. The Anfu Clique won 330 seats in the new election for the Parliament. Five provinces declined participation in the election of the Parliament members, three provinces were unable to participate due to the raging civil wars, and 14 provinces participated. Next to the Anfu Clique would be 120 seats taken by the 'Old Transportation Clique' and 20 seats taken by the 'Research Clique'. On Aug 12th of 1918, the Upper House of the Parliament was dismissed, and the New Parliament, nicknamed the Anfu Parliament, was instituted, with Wang Jitang as the speaker (i.e., "yi zhang).
 
The first batch of Soviet agents, who were sent to China by the Chita government and by the Irkutsk Bureau of the Comintern, failed to reach any deal with the Wan-xi government at Peking. When the Soviet October Revolution broke out, China invaded Mongolia. Tang Degang pointed out that the reason that the Mongolians had invited the Chinese back by taking advantage of the Russian turmoil would be the economic benefits that imperial Chinese dynasties had historically bestowed upon the nomadic regimes in contrast with the "economically exploiting" imperialists like the Russians. The Mongolians, whose chieftains enjoyed the rankings as king under Manchu Qing Dynasty, had historically dwelled in Peking after the Mongol banner army joined the Manchu banner army in conquering China in 1644. Hence, hundreds of years later, the Mongols had assimilated into the Chinese society by the time of the 1911 Xin Hai Revolution, with no intention of returning to the northern plains.
 
http://www.un.int/mongolia/histdoc.htm mentioned that "thus, under the pretext of protecting Mongolia from the Bolshevik danger, Kuomintang [wrong ! the Northern Government] troops led by Hsu Shu-cheng [Xu Shuzheng] invaded Mongolia from the South in 1919, while Baron Ungern von Sternberg, a fugitive of the October Revolution, infiltrated into the country from the North in 1920." Xu Shuzheng utilized an ancient military tactic adopted by Dong Zhuo of Han Dynasty and created a false impression that his soldiers kept rolling into Ulan Bator from the south: Xu Shuzheng had soldiers hide inside trucks, drive away at night, and come back standing on the truck at daylight. Twenty two days later, the Outer Mongolians agreed to be re-united with China. On Nov 26th, 1919, Dr Sun Yat-sen congratulated Xu Shuzheng from Shanghai, praising him as comparable to Ban Chao, Fu Jiezi & Chen Tang of Han Dynasty.
 
In August of 1920, Duan Qirui's Wan-xi Cabinet was overthrown by Wu Peifu's Zhi-xi Cabinet. Wan-xi meant for Duan Qirui's origin in Wan or Anhui Prov, while Zhi-xi meant for Wu Peifu's military power based in Zhili or Hebei Prov. (Wu Peifu was a Shandong native.) Wu Peifu revoked the Czarist Russian embassy, allowed the delegation of the USSR Far Eastern Republic (i.e., the Chita Government) to visit Peking, and nullified the military agreements with Japan. The Irkutsk Bureau of the Comintern, the USSR Foreign Relations Ministry as well as USSR Far East Republic all tried to have breakthroughs in relations with China. Per Harold Isaacs, "when Wu did seize the government in Peking in 1920 and set up a puppet civilian cabinet of his own, the Far Eastern expert V. Vilensky wrote in Izvestia: Wu P'ei-fu has hung out his flag over the events which are taking place in China and it is clear that under this flag the new Chinese cabinet must take an orientation in favor of Soviet Russia."
 
In early 1921, the Soviets assisted Mongolian revolutionaries, Qiao-ba-shan [Kh. Choibalsan] and Su-ha-ba-tuo-e [S. Sukhbaatar], in establishing the Mongolian People's Party (renamed to People's Revolutionary Party in 1925). http://www.un.int/mongolia/histdoc.htm mentioned that "this time the revolutionary struggle was led by Ts. Bodoo, S. Sukhbaatar, Kh. Choibalsan and their comrades-in -arms. The Mongolian People's Party established by them, seized political power, expelled foreign aggressors from the country with the assistance of Soviet Russia, and protected its independence and established a limited monarchy with People's Government in 1921." The Soviet Red Army intruded into Outer Mongolia in May of 1921 (June per solar calendar) without Chinese approval. In June of 1921, the Soviet Far East Republic Army and Mongolian People's Army occupied Kulun (Ulan Bator).
 
On May 20th, 1921, the Northern Government signed the first equal treaty with a Western power (i.e., Germany) in modern history. (Li Ao eulogized the Peking government for its foresight in joining the WWI while the KMT elements had mostly objected to China's war participation, for which the Italians chimed in to grab part of the German bounty that was due to China at the end of WWII.) On June 15th of 1921, commissar for the Soviet foreign relations committee, Chicherin (Qie-qi-lin in Chinese), pretentiously notified China that the Red Army would withdraw soon after quelling the White Army rebels. About 25000 Russians fled to Shanghai after the fall of Vladivostok in 1920 and 1922, separately, and 17000 Czarist Russian White Army, with amour vehicles included, joined the army of Manchurian Warlord Zhang Zuolin, with 2000 dead in the battles with other warlords & the nationalist KMT government. (A couple of thousand Russian White Army soldiers and their family fled to Xinjiang under General Annenkov [?].) The Soviets set up a Parliamentary royal house in Mongolia in June (July per solar cal) and transformed it to a Mongolian People's Republic in Oct (Nov per solar cal). On Nov 5th of 1921, the Soviets and Mongolia signed a treaty, with such terms as acknowledging the independence of Mongolia as well as retaining the Red Army as garrison forces in Mongolia indefinitely.
 
Wu Peifu, in 1922, further defeated pro-Japan Warlord Zhang Zuolin [Chang Tso-lin], i.e., Feng-xi of Manchuria. Wu Peifu, a staunch Chinese nationalist, never compromised with the Soviets or Russians on the matter of Mongolia.
 
After Wu Peifu's defeat, the Soviets abandoned Wu Peifu in preference for Dr. Sun Yat-sen's revolution movements in Southern China. The Soviets' national interests certainly outweighed its internationalism as shown by their futile attempt to have Wu Peifu acknowledge the puppet Mongolian government. In addition to supporting Sun Yat-sen, the Soviets decided to support and implant the Chinese communist agents who were required to have allegiance to the Comintern under a slogan that the 'proletarian have no motherland'.

 
 
Sun Yat-sen's Return To Canton After Expelling Gui-xi
 
In Southern Chinese Province of Guangdong, Sun Yat-sen and Chen Jiongming would be entangled in the power struggles. (Liu Xiaobo mistakenly eulogized Chen Jiongming's support for so-called "allying multiple provinces for self-determination" as heralding China's forerunner federationist movement.) Yue-jun (i.e., Guangdong native army), headed by Chen Jiongming, was organized in Dec of 1917 on basis of Zhu Qinglan's police/guard battalions . To make Chen Jiongming into a real military pillar, Sun Yat-sen originally dispatched Hu Hanmin and Wang Zhaoming to Governor Zhu Qinglan for making Chen Jiongming into the so-called "commander of governor's bodyguard column". Governor Zhu Qinglan was forced into resignation by Governor-general Chen Bingkun of the Gui-xi faction (i.e., Guangxi Province native army that stationed in Guangdong after the republic restoration war). Sun Yat-sen asked Cheng Biguang negotiate with Lu Rongting for relocation of Chen Bingkun and assignment of twenty battalions of Zhu Qinglan's police/guard army into the 'marines' under the command of Cheng Biguang's navy. On Dec 2nd of 1917, Chen Jiongming was conferred the post of "commander of Guangdong army for aiding Fujian Prov" and was ordered to lead 4000-5000 'marine' army towards neighboring Fujian Province where he expanded his army and developed it into his private warlord or militarist forces. (Meanwhile, Sun Yat-sen ordered that five navy warships attacked the Chaoshan area for assisting Chen Jiongming's attack on Fujian Prov. The Navy action aborted after Long Jiguang landed from across the Hainan Island Straits.) From 1918 onward, Chen Jiongming refused to answer Sun Yat-sen's calls and stationed in the Shantou area for self development. On Feb 26th of 1918, Canton military government experienced another power struggle as Cheng Biguang went through an assassination. (Scholar Yuan Weishi claimed that Sun Yat-sen could be behind the assassination of navy minister since Cheng Biguang had objected to Sun Yat-sen's demands in bombarding the Gui-xi army headquarters. Cheng Biguang, a Guangdong native, had earlier defected from the Peking government and escorted Sun Yat-sen to the south with the warships under his command.)
 
Per DZJ, Sun Yat-sen, having become so wary of the ambition and disobedience of Chen Jiongming, contemplated on the upbringing of a new military strategist, i.e., Chiang Kai-shek. Sun Yat-sen first wired to Chiang Kai-shek on Mar 2nd of 1918, and Chiang Kai-shek arrived in Canton from Shanghai 3 days later. Chiang Kai-shek was asked to see Chen Jiongming, Deng Keng and Xu Chongzhi in the coastal Shandou area of Guangdong Province on Mar 11th. Chiang Kai-shek then served Chen Jiongming as director of tactics department for the Guangdong army on March 15th of 1918. Chen Jieru memoirs claimed that Chen Jiongming, who always trusted the Cantonese only, had assigned Chiang Kai-shek a post as tactician for sake of avoiding offence against Sun Yat-sen.
 
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Movement of "Allying Multiple Provinces For Self-Determination"
 
The movement of "allying multiple provinces for self-determination" originated from Tan Yankai and Zhao Hengti's aspiration for Hunan Province to be ridden of the armies of the northern warlord lineage. Hunan was ruled by Zhang Jingyao the notorious northern lineage general whose armies had killed civilians, robbed rich people, and raped women throughout their garrison time period. Tan Yankai, after recovering Hunan Province in 1920, declared the Hunan autonomy in the name of commander-in-chief of Xiang-jun (i.e., Hunan native army) on July 17th. Tan Yankai intended to ride above the south-north conflicts into which Hunan, being the center of China, had been invariably drawn on each and every occurrence. Zhao Hengti, i.e., governor of Hunan from 1921 to 1926, continued the line of "allying multiple provinces for self-determination". Hunan Province passed its own provincial constitution, and Mao Zedong, i.e., a later communist leader who had at one time joined Hunan's army in the aftermath of 1911 revolution, would vehemently support the Hunan independence movements in his writings.
 
Being in similar boat as Hunan Province would be Sichuan Province which also stood out as the conflict zone between the north and the south. Other than Hunan & Sichuan provinces, Chen Jiongming of Guangdong Province had his thoughts about "provincial self-determination" which, per Mike Billington [http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2004/3123morgan_v_dr_sun.html], was also the "SYNARCHISM" work of imperialists and capitalists. (In "How London, Wall Street Backed Japan's War Against China and Sun Yat Sen", Mike Billington pointed out that "British refusal to work with Sun Yat Sen was transformed into overt military operations against him in 1922. The British Consul General in Shanghai, after reviewing Sun's International Development of China, accused Sun of trying to supplant colonial Hongkong as a trans-shipping center by Canton, and linked Sun to Bolshevik activities in the South. The British, under Addis' direction, provided Chen Chung-ming, a warlord in the Canton region, with a $500,000 loan to conduct a military assault on Sun and his KMT base in Canton, which nearly succeeded. At the same time Addis began making direct economic and military deals with other regional warlords, encouraging them to act independently of either Peking or Canton.")
 
Disputes Between Sun Yat-sen And Chen Jiongming
Sun Yat-sen, after assuming the extraordinary presidency post on May 5th of 1921, also expressed concurrence with "allying multiple provinces for self-determination", stating that for sake of uniting the country, autonomy in each and every province could be sought after initially by having provinces enact "provincial constitution", elect governors, and push power-sharing onto county levels.
 
However, the movement of "allying multiple provinces for self-determination", conducted by Guangdong Prov's Chen Jiongming, was also translated into so-called 'federationist' movement in English language. Also wrongly translated into English would be the term "coalition government" for the government of allied provinces. Few scholars, including Liu Xiaobo, had mis-interpreted Chen Jiongming. An article by Leslie H. Chen entitled "Nationalism, Federalism and China's Search for Modernization - An Historical Perspective" (chen-jiongming.com/English/material/paper/chen_paper1.htm) extolled Chen Jiongming. Should we examine the context of Chen Jiongming's rebellion (not a mutiny) against Sun Yat-sen as well as the assassination of Deng Keng by Chen's cousin, then we could even claim that it was Chen who frustrated Sun so much that Sun finally accepted Maring [Henricus Sneevliet]'s offer of Soviet aid and CCP's individual enrolment in KMT. Not to mention Chen Jiongming's collusion with Peking government, something that would prove that Chen's grandiose talk about "allying multiple provinces for self-determination" was something covering up his ulterior motives.
 
Scholar Yuan Weishi pointed out that Dr. Sun Yat-sen was commented to have possible disregard for human life and to have resorted to political assassinations as well and that Sun Yat-sen, using his follower Zhu Zhixin, Huang Dawei, Zhang Ji, Ju Zheng and Tian Tong etc, were behind the assassinations and attempted assassinations of Dian-jun General Fang Shengtao in Jan 1918, Navy Minister Cheng Guangbi in Feb 26 1918, Yue-jun General Chen Jiongming in April 1922, and Deng Keng (? doubtful). After Chen Jiongming showed antagonism, Sun Yat-sen was recorded to have instructed Huang Dawei in eliminating Chen via a pistol at the time Chen came to Guangxi for meetings with Sun.
 
Disputes between Sun Yat-sen and Chen Jiongming were about difference of personal ambitions: Sun Yat-sen was looking towards uniting China militarily while Chen Jiongming was more interested in being a warlord-like ruler of one province. As to Chen Jiongming's opposition on the matter of Sun Yat-sen's "extraordinary presidency", it was more to do with Chen Jiongming's unhappiness over Sun Yat-sen's control over Guangdong Province as a president of the nation. Conflicts between Sun Yat-sen and Chen Jiongming, as expounded in the section "Chen Jiongming Rebellion Against Sun Yat-sen", was very much a trickery by Chiang Kai-shek.
 
Tang Jiyao's Seeking Alliance With Canton Government

 
Election of 'Extraordinary President' of ROC

 
Sun Yat-sen's Attempt At Routing Guangxi Province For Clearing The Rear

 
Tang Jiyao's Recovering Control Over Yunnan Province Army Stationed In Guangxi
In Yunnan Prov, Gu Pinzhen had first administered the province by separating civil from military affairs after ousting Tang Jiyao on Feb 8th 1921. Later, Gu Pinzhen took over governor job, reversed many of Tang Jiyao's reform measures as to education, and further implemented county-level officials with his military cronies. While Tang Jiyao had pacified two banditry chiefs [Yang Tianfu & Wu Xuexian], Gu Pinzhen induced Yang Tianfu into an execution, which led to a rebellion of Yang Tianfu's followers. Separately, Wu Xuexian rebelled by amassing over 10000 bandits. On Aug 1921, 58 counties petitioned with Gu Pinzhen for quelling rampant banditry and rescinding governorship.
 
Yunnan Province armies which originally stationed in Hunan-Guizhou provinces, i.e., those troops led by Hu Ruoyu, Zhu Peide & Yang Yiqian, had a total headcount of about 20000 at Guilin of Guangxi Prov. Li Youxun & Long Yun, who came to the fight from Mengzi of Yunnan Prov, had expanded to 7000-8000 soldiers at Liuzhou of Guangxi Province. Since Gu Pinzhen refused to provide any assistance to Yunnan Province armies which answered Sun Yat-sen's call for northern expedition, Tang Jiyao decided to stage a comeback to Yunnan Province to topple Gu Pinzhen. Around mid-autumn, Tang Jiyao dispatched emissaries to Liuzhou for seeing Li Youxun & Long Yun. Emissaries, Wang Jiuling & Gao Xiangchun, then went to see Zhu Peide, Yang Yiqian, Hu Ruoyu & Zhang Ruqian in Guilin. Tang Jiyao further pacified Wu Xuexian banditry inside of Yunnan Prov. Then, Tang Jiyao conferred corps chief onto Yang Yiqian, Li Youxun & Hu Ruoyu, and ordered that Guilin armies converge to Liuzhou. In the spring of 1922, Tang Jiyao departed HK for Liuzhou of Guangxi Province. After arriving in Liuzhou, Tang Jiyao added Tian Zhonggu as a corps chief of the "jing guo jun" [army that pacifies the country]. Zhu Peide, at the persuasion of Li Liejun, returned to Sun Yat-sen's camp. Tang Jiyao ordered a two prong attack at Yunnan Province via Baise of Guangxi Province and Xingyi of Guizhou Prov.
 
Sun Yat-sen dispatched Jun Shizeng to Liuzhou for dissuading Tang Jiyao from a campaign against Yunnan Prov. Tang Jiyao requested a leave of absence for three months so that he could quell Yunnan Province before joining the northern expedition. Li Youxun died of an attack by Guizhou Province army shortly after entering Yunnan Prov, and Long Yun was upgraded to chief of 1st Corps of "jing guo jun". On Feb 20th, Tang Jiyao army reached Sicheng of Yunnan Prov. On 23rd, Sun Yat-sen rebuked Tang Jiyao as "violating the order of northern expedition", and ordered that Guizhou-Yunnan-Guangxi provinces stop Tang Jiyao.
 
Gu Pinzhen dispatched Yang Ximin & Zhang Kairu against the two prong attack by Tang Jiyao. At Shizong, Yang Zhen's followers rebelled against Yang Ximin and declared neutrality. On March 7th, Tang Jiyao's army took over Kaihua of Yunnan Province and forced Zhang Kairu into a retreat to Mengzi. In cooperation with Wu Xuexian banditry, Tang Jiyao's army forced Zhang Kairu into a retreat to Ami. On 13th, Gu Pinzhen counter-attacked Tang Jiyao's army at Mengzi. After a defeat, Gu Pinzhen retreated to Tianshengguan pass. On March 25th, Wu Xuexian's soldiers launched a sudden attack at Gu Pinzhen and killed him. In May, Tang Jiyao returned to Kunming of Yunnan Prov.
 
At about the same time, Yuan Zuming's "ding [quelling] qian [Guizhou] jun [army]", from western Hunan Prov, came to Guiyang of Guizhou Province to drive off Wang Wenhua & Lu Tao in April 1922. However, Yuan Zuming refused to accept his former boss Liu Xianshi and furthermore threw himself into the camp of the northern government. Yuan Zuming also declined to support Tang Jiyao as the commander-in-chief of three provinces of Yunnan-Guizhou-Sichuan. At the turn of summer-autumn, Hu Guoxiu brigade under Hu Ruoyu's Yunnan Province army obtained the approval from Yuan Zuming for a homecoming to Yunnan Province via Guizhou domain. However, Wang Tianpei's Guizhou Province army broke the promise by disarming Hu Guoxiu brigade. In mid-Feb 1923, Tang Jiyao & Tang Jiyu cousins supported Liu Xianshi & Liu Xianqian brothers in campaigning against Yuan Zuming. By Dec, Tang Jiyu took over Huiyang and restored Liu Xianshi's governorship. Yuan Zuming fled to Sichuan Prov.
 
With the restoration of his throne in Yunnan Province in May 1921 [by disrupting Sun Yat-sen's northern expedition layouts], Tang Jiyao abandoned Sun Yat-sen's cause of the northern expedition. Tang Jiyao issued a second proclamation as to rescinding governor-general post and advocated "Allying Multiple Provinces For Self-Determination". On Aug 1st 1922, Tang Jiyao re-organized provincial government with the passage of 22 clause regulations. In the autumn of 1923, Tang Jiyao devised "new regulations as to county governance". Subsequently, Tang Jiyao issued regulations in regards to autonomy in town and country of Yunnan Province. In comparison with the rest of the country, Tang Jiyao exerted extraordinary efforts into construction, education & infrastructure projects. Tang Jiyao, since 1913, had built highways and city parks, constructed railroads, developed mining industries, encouraged silk development, founded schools and colleges, opened an aviation school, built electricity generation stations, and built water treatment plants.
 
After quelling Yunnan Prov, Tang Jiyao rezoned Yunnan Province into five military districts, to be controlled by Hu Ruoyu, Tian Zhonggu, Long Yun, Zhang Ruji & Li Xianting, respectively. Military subdividing and separation of civil from military administration would sow the seeds of future rebellion. Similar to Gu Pingzhen mutiny after an aborted Sichuan campaign, Tang Jiyao would be toppled by his followers as a result of aborted Guangxi campaign [Feb-Aug 1925]. (Refer to "Li Zongren Frustrating Tang Jiyao's Attempt At Canton Usurpation By Defeating Yunnan Province Army". Shortly afterward, Tang Jiyao passed away at age 44 on May 23rd 1927. After Tang Jiyao's death in 1927, Long Yun built a grandiose tomb incorporating Italian Gothic & Greek architecture designs. Li Zongren memoirs sarcastically called Tang Jiyao a Roman-emperor equivalent for the Ancient-Medieval European uniforms worn by Long Yun's bodyguards. [Long Yun, a Yi-zu aboriginal, had enrolled in Yunnan Jiangwu-tang or Military Lecture Academy at the same time as Lu Han during the aftermath of Xin Hai Revolution. Long Yun was promoted to regiment-equivalent due to his martial arts skills displayed during a fight with a French boxer.])
 
 
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Manchu Army System & Northern Warlords
Founding Of The Republic Of China (ROC)
Yuan Shi-kai - First President of ROC
Song Jiaoren - Re-organization of Kuomingtang (KMT)
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Yuan Shi-kai Trampling On Republic
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Zhang Xun's Restoration Of Imperial House
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Civil Wars Among Northern Warlords
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Sun Yat-sen's Return To Canton After Expelling Gui-xi
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