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In 1915, smack in the middle of World War I, Dr. Sun Yat-sen's rebels somehow overthrew the Manchus and a democratic Republic of China was established (read the Soong Dynasty for details). Here are a few: when the War started in 1914 Japan quickly moved to seize German holdings in Shantung province (see map of China - the Shantung Peninsula juts out into the Yellow Sea about midway between Peking and Shanghai). At the Versailles peace conference in 1919 the Chinese delegate was the gloriously named Wellington Koo, a diplomat trained in the U.S. at Columbia University. Some guy, this Koo, he kept 26 concubines. Koo refused to sign the Versailles Treaty for China because, in exchange for Japan's vote to establish the League of Nations, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson agreed to honor a secret agreement between Britain, France, and Italy that allowed Japan to keep Shantung Province. Koo told one of Wilson's aides, "If I sign, I would not what you in New York would call 'a Chinaman's chance."
When the news reached China on May 4th, 1919, outraged students rioted and the May 4th movement spread across China. One of the leaders of the student movement was Ch'en Tu-hsiu, dean of the College of Letters at Peking University where a young man named Mao Tse-tung worked in the library.
I guess you can see where this is heading.