Sun yat Sen became president ...?

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Sun yat Sen became president ...?

Postby Lappy » 03 Aug 2011, 13:45

Hi everybody, I’m currently reading a book by Henry Kissinger called “On China”, which just came out, and in this book it said that the Qing dynasty fell in 1912. This I can understand, since according to other sources says that the emperor abdicated in 1912. But the book continues to say that Sun Yat-sen was sworn in as president in January 1912, now this is where my head stopped functioning. In my understanding Republic of China was founded in 1911, October 10. So why did the president not get sworn in until 1912? Wouldn’t that make it the official founding date of R.O.C?
If that is the official date then why do we celebrate 100 years this year?
Thanks for helping this make sense for me.
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Re: Sun yat Sen became president ...?

Postby Chris » 03 Aug 2011, 17:31

The ROC was founded on Jan 1, 1912. On Oct. 10, 1911, there was an explosion in a munitions factory that quickly led to the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty.

1912 was ROC Year 1, making 2011 ROC Year 100.
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Postby the bear » 03 Aug 2011, 20:35

but Taiwan at the time wasn't part of China so how come Taiwan's celebrating the 100th birthday of some other country which later occupied it and for some reason is still occupying it and it even still calls its national Telecom company "China" telecom, oh and oh my brain head just exploded...
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Re: Sun yat Sen became president ...?

Postby Lappy » 03 Aug 2011, 20:50

Chris wrote:The ROC was founded on Jan 1, 1912. On Oct. 10, 1911, there was an explosion in a munitions factory that quickly led to the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty.

1912 was ROC Year 1, making 2011 ROC Year 100.

Thanks Chris for making it a bit clearer.
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Re: Sun yat Sen became president ...?

Postby Zla'od » 28 Apr 2012, 14:07

It's not like Taiwan is completely along on this. North Korea's Juche calendar is basically the same as Taiwan's Minguo calendar. (In fact, if history had been a little different, Taiwan might be a lot like North Korea, and vice versa!)
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