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On January first 1912 the Republic of China was established signaling the end of the Manchu-dominated Qing Empire Sun Yat-sen of the Kuomintang was proclaimed provisional president of the republic However Yuan Shikai a former Qing general who had defected to the revolutionary cause soon forced Sun to step aside and took the presidency for himself For the years to come up until the Communist Victory in 1949 the Country of China was faced with various levals of policital distress Increasing pressure from neighbour Japan as well as the selfish betrayal of the Republics well being by political leaders Yuan Shikai and Chiang Kaishek lead to a testing time for the Country Thanks to strong military backup Yuan was officially swarn in as President of the Chinese Republic on the 10th of October 1913 He had gradually dissolved the provincial and national paliaments thus leaving him the unchallanged dictator of China Yuan was The President of the Republic of China for a short period of time due to his death at age fifty-six of Kidney failture on June 6th 1915 Athough he was head of the Republic for around three years This period of time was a major factor in Chinas social and political destress starting with World War One and The Twenty One Demands from their neighbouring island Japan During The First World War only Japan had joined the war with the Allies against Germany and Austria-Hungry thus meant Japan was in a position to seize the concessions that Germany had in China Yuan Shi-kai was anxious to establish himself as an emperor and thorght the support of Japan would help him reach his goals When Japan fronted the Twenty One Demands in 1915 he accepted the main demands resulting in nationwide protest The Chinese people were outraged when Yuan accepted many people would have rathered go to war with Japan and Yuan continued to lose popularity The Japanese government had
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