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The Republic
Republic
of China
China
was a sovereign state in East Asia, that occupied the territories of modern China, and for part of its history Mongolia
Mongolia
and Taiwan. It was founded in 1912, after the Qing dynasty, the last imperial dynasty, was overthrown in the Xinhai Revolution. The Republic's first president, Sun Yat-sen, served only briefly before handing over the position to Yuan Shikai, former leader of the Beiyang Army. His party, then led by Song Jiaoren, won the parliamentary election held in December 1912. Song was assassinated shortly after, and the Beiyang Army
Beiyang Army
led by Yuan Shikai
Yuan Shikai
maintained full control of the government in Beijing. Between late 1915 and early 1916, Yuan tried to reinstate the monarchy, before resigning after popular unrest. After Yuan's death in 1916, members of cliques in the former Beiyang Army
Beiyang Army
claimed their autonomy and clashed with each other. During this period, the authority of the republican government was weakened by a restoration of the Qing government. In 1925, Sun Yat-sen's Kuomintang
Kuomintang
started establishing a rival government in the southern city of Guangzhou
Guangzhou
together with the fledgling Communist Party of China. The economy of the north, overtaxed to support warlord adventurism, collapsed in 1927–28. General Chiang Kai-shek, who became KMT leader after Sun's death, started his military Northern Expedition
Northern Expedition
campaign in order to overthrow the central government in Beijing. The government was overthrown in 1928 and Chiang established a new nationalist government in Nanjing. He later cut his ties with the communists and expelled them from the Kuomintang. There was industrialization and modernization, but also conflict between the Nationalist government
Nationalist government
in Nanjing, the communists, remnant warlords, and the Empire of Japan. Nation-building took a backseat to war with Japan when the Imperial Japanese Army
Imperial Japanese Army
launched an offensive against China
China
in 1937 that turned into a full-scale invasion. After the unconditional surrender of Japan in 1945, fighting quickly resumed between the KMT and the Communists, with both sides receiving foreign assistance due to the ongoing friction between the United States
United States
and Soviet Union. In 1947, the Constitution of the Republic
Republic
of China replaced the Organic Law of 1928 as the country's fundamental law. In 1949, the Communists established the People's Republic
Republic
of China, overthrowing the Nationalist government
Nationalist government
on the mainland, who retreated to Taiwan.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Founding 1.2 Nanjing
Nanjing
decade 1.3 Second World War (1937–45) 1.4 Post-World War II

2 Government

2.1 Foreign relations 2.2 Administrative divisions

3 Economy 4 Military 5 See also 6 References

6.1 Citations 6.2 Sources

7 External links

History[edit] Main articles: History of China
China
and History of the Republic
Republic
of China

History of China

ANCIENT

Neolithic c. 8500 – c. 2070 BCE

Xia dynasty
Xia dynasty
c. 2070 – c. 1600 BCE

Shang dynasty
Shang dynasty
c. 1600 – c. 1046 BCE

Zhou dynasty
Zhou dynasty
c. 1046 – 256 BCE

 Western Zhou

 Eastern Zhou

   Spring and Autumn

   Warring States

IMPERIAL

Qin dynasty
Qin dynasty
221–206 BCE

Han dynasty
Han dynasty
206 BCE – 220 CE

  Western Han

  Xin dynasty

  Eastern Han

Three Kingdoms
Three Kingdoms
220–280

  Wei, Shu and Wu

Jin dynasty 265–420

  Western Jin

  Eastern Jin Sixteen Kingdoms

Northern and Southern dynasties 420–589

Sui dynasty
Sui dynasty
581–618

Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
618–907

  (Second Zhou dynasty
Zhou dynasty
690–705)

Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms 907–960 Liao dynasty 907–1125

Song dynasty 960–1279

  Northern Song

Western Xia

  Southern Song Jin

Yuan dynasty
Yuan dynasty
1271–1368

Ming dynasty
Ming dynasty
1368–1644

Qing dynasty
Qing dynasty
1644–1912

MODERN

Republic
Republic
of China
China
1912–1949

People's Republic
Republic
of China
China
1949–present

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A republic was formally established on 1 January 1912 following the Xinhai Revolution, which itself began with the Wuchang Uprising
Wuchang Uprising
on 10 October 1911, successfully overthrowing the Qing Dynasty
Qing Dynasty
and ending over two thousand years of imperial rule in China.[3] From its founding until 1949 it was based on mainland China. Central authority waxed and waned in response to warlordism (1915–28), Japanese invasion (1937–45), and a full-scale civil war (1927–49), with central authority strongest during the Nanjing
Nanjing
Decade (1927–37), when most of China
China
came under the control of the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
(KMT) under an authoritarian one-party military dictatorship.[4] At the end of World War II
World War II
in 1945, the Empire of Japan
Empire of Japan
surrendered control of Taiwan
Taiwan
and its island groups to the Allied Forces, and Taiwan
Taiwan
was placed under the Republic
Republic
of China's administrative control. The communist takeover of mainland China
China
in the Chinese Civil War in 1949 left the ruling Kuomintang
Kuomintang
(KMT) with control over only Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu, and other minor islands. With the 1949 loss of mainland China
China
in the civil war, the ROC government retreated to Taiwan
Taiwan
and the KMT declared Taipei
Taipei
the provisional capital.[5] The Communist Party of China
China
took over all of mainland China[6][7] and founded the People's Republic
Republic
of China
China
(PRC) in Beijing. Founding[edit] Main article: Wuchang Uprising Further information: Beiyang government
Beiyang government
and Warlord era See also: First United Front, Northern Expedition, Shanghai
Shanghai
massacre of 1927, and Nanchang
Nanchang
Uprising

Yuan Shikai
Yuan Shikai
(left) and Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen
(right) with flags representing the early republic.

In 1912, after over two thousand years of imperial rule, a republic was established to replace the monarchy.[3] The Qing Dynasty
Qing Dynasty
that preceded the republic experienced a century of instability throughout the 19th century, suffered from both internal rebellion and foreign imperialism.[8] The ongoing instability eventually led to the outburst of Boxer Rebellion
Boxer Rebellion
in 1900, whose attacks on foreigners led to the invasion by the Eight Nation Alliance. China
China
signed the Boxer Protocol and paid a large indemnity to the foreign powers: 450 million taels of fine silver (around $333 million or £67 million at the then current exchange rates).[9] A program of institutional reform proved too little and too late. Only the lack of an alternative regime prolonged its existence until 1912.[10][11] The establishment of the Chinese Republic
Republic
developed out of the Wuchang Uprising against the Qing government on 10 October 1911. That date is now celebrated annually as the ROC's national day, also known as the "Double Ten Day". On 29 December 1911, Sun Yat-Sen
Sun Yat-Sen
was elected president by the Nanjing
Nanjing
assembly with representatives from seventeen provinces. On 1 January 1912, he was officially inaugurated and pledged "to overthrow the despotic government led by the Manchu, consolidate the Republic
Republic
of China
China
and plan for the welfare of the people".[citation needed] Sun, however, lacked the necessary military strength to defeat the Qing government by force. As a compromise, the new republic negotiated with the commander of the Beiyang Army, Yuan Shikai, with the promise of presidency in the republic if he was to remove the Qing emperor force. Yuan agreed to the deal, and the last emperor of the Qing Dynasty, Puyi, was forced to abdicate in 1912, and Yuan was officially elected president of the ROC in 1913.[8][12] He ruled by military power and ignored the republican institutions established by his predecessor, threatening to execute Senate members who disagreed with his decisions. He soon dissolved the ruling Kuomintang
Kuomintang
(KMT) party, banned "secret organizations" (which implicitly included the KMT), and ignored the provisional constitution. An attempt at a democratic election in 1912 ended with the assassination of the elected candidate by a man recruited by Yuan. Ultimately, Yuan declared himself Emperor of China
China
in 1915.[13] The new ruler of China
China
tried to increase centralization by abolishing the provincial system; however, this move angered the gentry along with the provincial governors, usually military men. Many provinces declared independence and became warlord states. Increasingly unpopular and deserted by his supporters, Yuan gave up being Emperor in 1916 and died of natural causes shortly after.[14][15] China
China
declined into a period of warlordism. Sun, forced into exile, returned to Guangdong
Guangdong
province in the south with the help of warlords in 1917 and 1922, and set up successive rival governments to the Beiyang government
Beiyang government
in Beijing; he re-established the KMT in October 1919. Sun's dream was to unify China
China
by launching an expedition to the north. However, he lacked military support and funding to make it a reality.[16] Meanwhile, the Beiyang government
Beiyang government
struggled to hold on to power, and an open and wide-ranging debate evolved regarding how China
China
should confront the West. In 1919, a student protest against the government's weak response to the Treaty of Versailles, considered unfair by Chinese intellectuals, led to the May Fourth movement. These demonstrations were aimed at spreading Western influence to replace Chinese culture. It is also in this intellectual climate that the influence of Marxism
Marxism
spread and became more popular. It eventually led to the founding of the Communist Party of China
China
in 1921.[17] Nanjing
Nanjing
decade[edit] Main article: Nanjing
Nanjing
decade Further information: Nationalist government See also: Chinese reunification (1928), Central Plains War, Encirclement Campaigns, Mukden Incident, and Xi'an
Xi'an
Incident

With help from Germany, Chinese industry and its military were improved just prior to the war against Imperial Japan.

After Sun's death in March 1925, Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
became the leader of the KMT. In 1926, Chiang led the Northern Expedition
Northern Expedition
through China with the intention of defeating the Beiyang warlords and unifying the country. Chiang received the help of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and the Chinese Communists; however, he soon dismissed his Soviet advisers. He was convinced, not without reason, that they wanted to get rid of the KMT (also known as the Nationalists) and take over control.[18] Chiang decided to strike first and purged the Communists, killing thousands of them. At the same time, other violent conflicts were taking place in China; in the South, where the Communists had superior numbers, Nationalist supporters were being massacred. These events eventually led to the Chinese Civil War
Chinese Civil War
between the Nationalists and Communists. Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
pushed the Communists into the interior as he sought to destroy them, and established a government with Nanking
Nanking
as its capital in 1927.[19] By 1928, Chiang's army overturned the Beiyang government and unified the entire nation, at least nominally, beginning the so-called Nanjing
Nanjing
Decade.[citation needed] According to Sun Yat-sen's theory, the KMT was to rebuild China
China
in three phases: a phase of military rule through which the KMT would take over power and reunite China
China
by force; a phase of political tutelage; and finally a constitutional democratic phase.[20] In 1930, the Nationalists, having taken over power militarily and reunified China, started the second phase, promulgating a provisional constitution and beginning the period of so-called "tutelage".[21] The KMT was criticized as instituting totalitarianism, but claimed it was attempting to establish a modern democratic society. Among other things, it created at that time the Academia Sinica, the Central Bank of China, and other agencies. In 1932, China
China
sent a team for the first time to the Olympic Games. Laws were passed and campaigns mounted to promote the rights of women. The ease and speed of communication also allowed a focus on social problems, including those of the villages. The Rural Reconstruction Movement was one of many which took advantage of the new freedom to raise social consciousness.[citation needed] Historians such as Edmund Fung argue that establishing a democracy in China
China
at that time was not possible. The nation was at war and divided between Communists and Nationalists. Corruption within the government and lack of direction also prevented any significant reform from taking place. Chiang realized the lack of real work being done within his administration and told the State Council: "Our organization becomes worse and worse... many staff members just sit at their desks and gaze into space, others read newspapers and still others sleep."[22] The Nationalist government
Nationalist government
wrote a draft of the constitution on 5 May 1936.[23] During this time a series of massive wars took place in western China, including the Kumul Rebellion, the Sino-Tibetan War
Sino-Tibetan War
and the Soviet Invasion of Xinjiang. Although the central government was nominally in control of the entire country during this period, large areas of China remained under the semi-autonomous rule of local warlords, provincial military leaders or warlord coalitions. Nationalist rule was strongest in the eastern regions around the capital Nanjing, but regional militarists such as Feng Yuxiang
Feng Yuxiang
and Yan Xishan
Yan Xishan
retained considerable local authority. The Central Plains War
Central Plains War
in 1930, the Japanese aggression in 1931 and the Red Army's Long March
Long March
in 1934 led to more power for the central government, but there continued to be foot-dragging and even outright defiance, as in the Fujian Rebellion of 1933–34.[citation needed] Second World War (1937–45)[edit] Main article: Second Sino-Japanese War See also: Marco Polo Bridge
Marco Polo Bridge
Incident, Second United Front, New Fourth Army incident, and Burma Campaign Few Chinese had any illusions about Japanese desires on China. Hungry for raw materials and pressed by a growing population, Japan initiated the seizure of Manchuria
Manchuria
in September 1931 and established ex-Qing emperor Puyi
Puyi
as head of the puppet state of Manchukuo
Manchukuo
in 1932. The loss of Manchuria, and its vast potential for industrial development and war industries, was a blow to the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
economy. The League of Nations, established at the end of World War I, was unable to act in the face of the Japanese defiance. The Japanese began to push from south of the Great Wall into northern China
China
and the coastal provinces. Chinese fury against Japan was predictable, but anger was also directed against Chiang and the Nanking
Nanking
government, which at the time was more preoccupied with anti-Communist extermination campaigns than with resisting the Japanese invaders. The importance of "internal unity before external danger" was forcefully brought home in December 1936, when Chiang Kai-shek, in an event now known as the Xi'an
Xi'an
Incident, was kidnapped by Zhang Xueliang
Zhang Xueliang
and forced to ally with the Communists against the Japanese in the Second Kuomintang-CCP United Front against Japan. The Chinese resistance stiffened after 7 July 1937, when a clash occurred between Chinese and Japanese troops outside Beiping
Beiping
(Later Peking and Beijing) near the Marco Polo Bridge. This skirmish led to open, though undeclared, warfare between China
China
and Japan. Shanghai fell after a three-month battle during which Japan suffered extensive casualties, both in its army and navy. The capital of Nanking
Nanking
fell in December 1937. It was followed by an orgy of mass murders and rapes known as the Nanking
Nanking
Massacre. The national capital was briefly at Wuhan, then removed in an epic retreat to Chongqing, the seat of government until 1945. In 1940 the collaborationist Wang Jingwei regime was set up with its capital in Nanking, proclaiming itself the legitimate " Republic
Republic
of China" in opposition to Chiang Kai-shek's government, though its claims were significantly hampered due to its nature as a Japanese puppet state controlling limited amounts of territory, along with its subsequent defeat at the end of the war.

Chinese Diplomatic passport used in Europe also during World War Two - the holder was evacuated from occupied Holland in 1940 to neutral Switzerland.

Generalissimo and Madame Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
with Gen. Joseph Stilwell
Joseph Stilwell
in Burma (1942).

The United Front between the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
and CCP took place with salutary effects for the beleaguered CCP, despite Japan's steady territorial gains in northern China, the coastal regions and the rich Yangtze River
Yangtze River
Valley in central China. After 1940 conflicts between the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
and Communists became more frequent in the areas not under Japanese control. The entrance of the United States
United States
into the Pacific War
Pacific War
after 1941 changed the nature of their relationship. The Communists expanded their influence wherever opportunities presented themselves through mass organizations, administrative reforms and the land- and tax-reform measures favoring the peasants and the spread of their organizational network, while the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
attempted to neutralize the spread of Communist influence. Meanwhile, northern China
China
was infiltrated politically by Japanese politicians in Manchukuo using facilities such as Wei Huang Gong. In 1945 the Republic
Republic
of China
China
emerged from the war nominally a great military power but actually a nation economically prostrate and on the verge of all-out civil war. The economy deteriorated, sapped by the military demands of foreign war and internal strife, by spiraling inflation and by Nationalist profiteering, speculation and hoarding. Starvation came in the wake of the war, and millions were rendered homeless by floods and the unsettled conditions in many parts of the country. The situation was further complicated by an Allied agreement at the Yalta Conference
Yalta Conference
in February 1945 that brought Soviet troops into Manchuria
Manchuria
to hasten the termination of war against Japan. Although the Chinese had not been present at Yalta, they had been consulted and had agreed to have the Soviets enter the war in the belief that the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
would deal only with the Kuomintang government. After the end of the war in August 1945, the Nationalist Government moved back to Nanjing. With American help, Nationalist troops moved to take the Japanese surrender in North China. The Soviet Union, as part of the Yalta agreement allowing a Soviet sphere of influence in Manchuria, dismantled and removed more than half the industrial equipment left there by the Japanese. The Soviet presence in northeast China
China
enabled the Communists to move in long enough to arm themselves with the equipment surrendered by the withdrawing Japanese army. The problems of rehabilitating the formerly Japanese-occupied areas and of reconstructing the nation from the ravages of a protracted war were staggering. Post-World War II[edit] Further information: Chinese Civil War, Taiwan
Taiwan
after World War II, First Taiwan
Taiwan
Strait Crisis, and Cross-Strait Relations For the history of Republic
Republic
of China
China
after 1949, see Taiwan. During World War II
World War II
the United States
United States
has become increasingly involved in Chinese affairs. As an ally it embarked in late 1941 on a program of massive military and financial aid to the hard-pressed Nationalist Government. In January 1943, both the United States
United States
and the United Kingdom led the way in revising their unequal treaties with China
China
from the past.[24][25] Within a few months a new agreement was signed between the United States
United States
and the Republic
Republic
of China
China
for the stationing of American troops in China
China
for the common war effort against Japan. In December 1943 the Chinese Exclusion Acts of the 1880s and subsequent laws enacted by the United States
United States
Congress to restrict Chinese immigration into the United States
United States
were repealed. The wartime policy of the United States
United States
was initially to help China become a strong ally and a stabilizing force in postwar East Asia. As the conflict between the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
and the Communists intensified, however, the United States
United States
sought unsuccessfully to reconcile the rival forces for a more effective anti-Japanese war effort. Following the Surrender of Japan, Taiwan
Taiwan
was handed over from Japan to the Republic
Republic
of China
China
on 25 October 1945 (Retrocession Day).[26] Toward the end of the war, United States
United States
Marines were used to hold Beiping (Beijing) and Tianjin
Tianjin
against a possible Soviet incursion, and logistic support was given to Kuomintang
Kuomintang
forces in north and northeast China. To further this end, on 30 September 1945 the 1st Marine Division arrived in China, charged with security in the areas of the Shandong Peninsula
Shandong Peninsula
and the eastern Hebei
Hebei
Province.[27] During the war, China
China
was one of the Big Four Allied Powers of World War II
World War II
and later became the Four Policemen, which was a precursor to the United Nations Security Council.[28] Through the mediating influence of the United States
United States
a military truce was arranged in January 1946, but battles between the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
and Communists soon resumed. Public opinion of the administrative incompetence of the Nationalist government
Nationalist government
was escalated and incited by the Communists in the nationwide student protest against mishandling of the Shen Chong rape case in early 1947 and another national protest against monetary reforms later that year. Realizing that no American efforts short of large-scale armed intervention could stop the coming war, the United States
United States
withdrew the American mission, headed by Gen. George C. Marshall, in early 1947. The Chinese Civil War became more widespread; battles raged not only for territories but also for the allegiance of cross-sections of the population. The United States
United States
aided the Nationalists with massive economic loans and weapons but no combat support.

The Nationalists' retreat to Taipei: after the Nationalists lost Nanjing
Nanjing
(Nanking) they next moved to Guangzhou
Guangzhou
(Canton), then to Chongqing
Chongqing
(Chungking), Chengdu
Chengdu
(Chengtu) and Xichang
Xichang
(Sichang) before arriving in Taipei.

Belatedly, the Republic
Republic
of China
China
government sought to enlist popular support through internal reforms. The effort was in vain, however, because of rampant government corruption and the accompanying political and economic chaos. By late 1948 the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
position was bleak. The demoralized and undisciplined Kuomintang
Kuomintang
troops proved to be no match for the motivated and disciplined Communist People's Liberation Army, earlier known as the Red Army. The Communists were well established in the north and northeast. Although the Kuomintang had an advantage in numbers of men and weapons, controlled a much larger territory and population than their adversaries and enjoyed considerable international support, they were exhausted by the long war with Japan and in-fighting among various generals. They were also losing the propaganda war to the Communists, with a population weary of Kuomintang
Kuomintang
corruption and yearning for peace. In January 1949, Beiping
Beiping
was taken by the Communists without a fight, and its name changed back to Beijing. Following the capture of Nanjing on 23 April, major cities passed from Kuomintang
Kuomintang
to Communist control with minimal resistance through November. In most cases the surrounding countryside and small towns had come under Communist influence long before the cities. Finally, on 1 October 1949, Communists led by Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong
founded the People's Republic
Republic
of China. During those periods, Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
declared martial law in May 1949 whilst a few hundred thousand Nationalist troops and two million refugees, predominantly from the government and business community, fled from mainland China
China
to Taiwan; there remained in China
China
itself only isolated pockets of resistance. On 7 December 1949 Chiang proclaimed Taipei, Taiwan, the temporary capital of the Republic
Republic
of China. During the civil war both the Nationalist and Communists carried out mass atrocities with millions of non-combatants killed by both sides during the civil war.[29] Benjamin Valentino has estimated atrocities in the Chinese Civil War
Chinese Civil War
resulted in the death of between 1.8 million and 3.5 million people between 1927 and 1949. Atrocities include deaths from forced conscription and massacres.[30] Government[edit] Main article: Government of the Republic
Republic
of China See also: Provisional Government of the Republic
Republic
of China
China
(1912), Beiyang government, Warlord era, Nationalist government, and Reorganized National Government of the Republic
Republic
of China

Yuan Shikai
Yuan Shikai
sworn in as Provisional President of the Republic
Republic
of China, in Beijing

Headquarters of the Nationalist Government
Nationalist Government
in Nanking

National Assembly in Beijing
Beijing
(1913–1928)

National Assembly in Nanking
Nanking
(1928–1949)

The first Chinese national government was established on 1 January 1912, in Nanjing, with Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen
as the provisional president. Provincial delegates were sent to confirm the authority of the national government, and they later also formed the first parliament. The power of this national government was limited and short-lived, with generals controlling both central and northern provinces of China. The limited acts passed by this government included the formal abdication of the Qing dynasty
Qing dynasty
and some economic initiatives. The parliament's authority became nominal; violations of the Constitution by Yuan were met with half-hearted motions of censure, and Kuomintang members of the parliament that gave up their membership in the KMT were offered 1,000 pounds. Yuan maintained power locally by sending military generals to be provincial governors or by obtaining the allegiance of those already in power. When Yuan died, the parliament of 1913 was reconvened to give legitimacy to a new government. However, the real power of the time passed to military leaders, forming the warlord period. The impotent government still had its use; when World War I
World War I
began, several Western powers and Japan wanted China
China
to declare war on Germany, in order to liquidate German holdings. There were also several warlord governments and puppet states sharing the same name. The government of the Republic
Republic
of China
China
was founded on the Constitution of the ROC and its Three Principles of the People, which states that "[the ROC] shall be a democratic republic of the people, to be governed by the people and for the people."[31] In February 1928, the Fourth Plenary Session of the 2nd Kuomintang National Congress held in Nanjing
Nanjing
passed the Reorganization of the Nationalist Government
Nationalist Government
Act. This act stipulated that the Nationalist Government was to be directed and regulated under the Central Executive Committee of the Kuomintang, with the Committee of the Nationalist Government
Nationalist Government
being elected by KMT Central Committee. Under the Nationalist Government
Nationalist Government
were seven ministries – Interior, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Transport, Justice, Agriculture and Mines, Commerce in addition institutions such as the Supreme Court, Control Yuan and the General Academy. With the promulgation of the Organic Law of the Nationalist Government in October 1928, the government was reorganized into five different branches or Yuan, namely the Executive Yuan, Legislative Yuan, Judicial Yuan, Examination Yuan
Examination Yuan
as well as the Control Yuan. The Chairman of the National Government was to be the head-of-state and commander-in-chief of the National Revolutionary Army. Chiang Kai-shek was appointed as the first Chairman of the Nationalist Government, a position he would retain until 1931. The Organic Law also stipulated that the Kuomintang, through its National Congress and Central Executive Committee, would exercise sovereign power during the period of political tutelage, and the KMT's Political Council would guide and superintend the Nationalist Government
Nationalist Government
in the execution of important national affairs, and that the council has the power to interpret or amend the organic law.[32] Shortly after the Second Sino-Japanese War, the long-delayed constitutional convention was summoned to meet in Nanking
Nanking
in May 1946. Amidst heated debate, this convention adopted many demands from several parties, including the KMT and the Communist Party, into the Constitution. This Constitution was promulgated on 25 December 1946 and came into effect on 25 December 1947. Under it, the Central Government was divided into the President and the five Yuans, each responsible for one power of the Government. None was responsible to the other except for certain obligations such as the President appointing the head of the Executive Yuan. Ultimately the President and the Yuans reported to the National Assembly, which represented the will of the Citizens. The first elections for the National Assembly occurred in January 1948, and the Assembly was summoned to meet in March 1948. It elected the President of the Republic
Republic
on 21 March 1948, formally bringing an end to the KMT party rule started in 1928—though the President was a member of the KMT. These elections, though praised by at least one US observer, were poorly received by the Communist Party, which would soon start an open, armed insurrection. Foreign relations[edit] See also: Foreign relations of China
China
and Foreign relations of Taiwan Before the Nationalist government
Nationalist government
was ousted from the mainland, the Republic
Republic
of China
China
had diplomatic relations with 59 countries such as Australia, Canada, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Panama, Siam, Soviet Union, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and Vatican City. Most of these relations continued at least until the 1970s, and the Republic
Republic
of China
China
remained a member of the United Nations
United Nations
until 1971. Administrative divisions[edit] See also: History of the administrative divisions of China
China
(1912–49)

Rand McNally map of the Republic
Republic
of China
China
in 1914 while Mongolia declare its independence 

Map of provinces and equivalents of the Republic
Republic
of China
China
in law (1945) 

Provinces and Equivalents of the Republic
Republic
of China
China
(1945)[33]

Period Name (Current Name) Traditional Chinese Pinyin Abbreviation Capital Chinese Modern equivalent (if applicable)

Provinces

Antung (Andong) 安東 Āndōng 安 ān Tunghwa (Tonghua) 通化 Now part of Jilin
Jilin
and Liaoning

Anhwei (Anhui) 安徽 Ānhuī 皖 wǎn Hofei (Hefei) 合肥

Chahar (Chahar) 察哈爾 Cháhār 察 chá Changyuan (Zhangjiakou) 張垣(張家口) Now part of Inner Mongolia
Mongolia
and Hebei

Chekiang (Zhejiang) 浙江 Zhèjiāng 浙 zhè Hangchow (Hangzhou) 杭州

Fukien (Fujian) 福建 Fújiàn 閩 mǐn Foochow (Fuzhou) 福州

Hopeh (Hebei) 河北 Héběi 冀 jì Tsingyuan (Baoding) 清苑(保定)

Heilungkiang (Heilongjiang) 黑龍江 Hēilóngjiāng 黑 hēi Peian (Bei'an) 北安

Hokiang (Hejiang) 合江 Héjiāng 合 hé Chiamussu (Jiamusi) 佳木斯 Now part of Heilongjiang

Honan (Henan) 河南 Hénán 豫 yù Kaifeng
Kaifeng
(Kaifeng) 開封

Hupeh (Hubei) 湖北 Húběi 鄂 è Wuchang (Wuchang) 武昌

Hunan
Hunan
(Hunan) 湖南 Húnán 湘 xiāng Changsha
Changsha
(Changsha) 長沙

Hsingan (Xing'an) 興安 Xīng'ān 興 xīng Hailar (Hulunbuir) 海拉爾(呼倫貝爾) Now part of Heilongjiang
Heilongjiang
and Jilin

Jehol (Rehe) 熱河 Rèhé 熱 rè Chengteh (Chengde) 承德 Now part of Hebei, Liaoning, and Inner Mongolia

Kansu (Gansu) 甘肅 Gānsù 隴 lǒng Lanchow (Lanzhou) 蘭州

Kiangsu (Jiangsu) 江蘇 Jiāngsū 蘇 sū Chingkiang (Zhenjiang) 鎮江

Kiangsi (Jiangxi) 江西 Jiāngxī 贛 gàn Nanchang
Nanchang
(Nanchang) 南昌

Kirin (Jilin) 吉林 Jílín 吉 jí Kirin (Jilin) 吉林

Kwangtung (Guangdong) 廣東 Guǎngdōng 粵 yuè Canton (Guangzhou) 廣州

Kwangsi (Guangxi) 廣西 Guǎngxī 桂 guì Kweilin (Guilin) 桂林

Kweichow (Guizhou) 貴州 Guìzhōu 黔 qián Kweiyang (Guiyang) 貴陽

Liaopeh (Liaobei) 遼北 Liáoběi 洮 táo Liaoyuan
Liaoyuan
(Liaoyuan) 遼源 Now mostly part of Inner Mongolia

Liaoning
Liaoning
(Liaoning) 遼寧 Liáoníng 遼 liáo Shenyang
Shenyang
(Shenyang) 瀋陽

Ningsia (Ningxia) 寧夏 Níngxià 寧 níng Yinchuan
Yinchuan
(Yinchuan) 銀川

Nunkiang (Nenjiang) 嫩江 Nènjiāng 嫩 nèn Tsitsihar (Qiqihar) 齊齊哈爾 The province was abolished in 1950 and incorporated with Heilongjiang province.

Shansi (Shanxi) 山西 Shānxī 晉 jìn Taiyuan
Taiyuan
(Taiyuan) 太原

Shantung (Shandong) 山東 Shāndōng 魯 lǔ Tsinan (Jinan) 濟南

Shensi (Shaanxi) 陝西 Shǎnxī 陝 shǎn Sian (Xi'an) 西安

Sikang (Xikang) 西康 Xīkāng 康 kāng Kangting (Kangding) 康定 Now part of Tibet and Sichuan

Sinkiang (Xinjiang) 新疆 Xīnjiāng 新 xīn Tihwa (Ürümqi) 迪化(烏魯木齊)

Suiyuan
Suiyuan
(Suiyuan) 綏遠 Suīyuǎn 綏 suī Kweisui (Hohhot) 歸綏(呼和浩特) Now part of Inner Mongolia

Sungkiang (Songjiang) 松江 Sōngjiāng 松 sōng Mutankiang (Mudanjiang) 牡丹江 Now part of Heilongjiang

Szechwan (Sichuan) 四川 Sìchuān 蜀 shǔ Chengtu (Chengdu) 成都

Taiwan
Taiwan
(Taiwan) 臺灣 Táiwān 臺 tái Taipei 臺北

Tsinghai (Qinghai) 青海 Qīnghǎi 青 qīng Sining (Xining) 西寧

Yunnan
Yunnan
(Yunnan) 雲南 Yúnnán 滇 diān Kunming
Kunming
(Kunming) 昆明

Special
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Hainan
(Hainan) 海南 Hǎinán 瓊 qióng Haikow (Haikou) 海口

Regions

Mongolia
Mongolia
Area (Outer Mongolia) 蒙古 Ménggǔ 蒙 méng Kulun (Ulaanbaatar) 庫倫(烏蘭巴托) Now part of State Mongolia, KMT recognized its independence in 1946, but overturned previous recognition in 1953

Tibet Area (Tibet Area) 西藏 Xīzàng 藏 zàng Lhasa 拉薩

Special
Special
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Nanking
Nanking
(Nanjing) 南京 Nánjīng 京 jīng (Chinhuai District) 秦淮區

Shanghai
Shanghai
(Shanghai) 上海 Shànghǎi 滬 hù (Huangpu District) 黄浦區

Peiping or Peking (Beijing) 北平 Běipíng 平 píng (Xicheng District) 西城區

Tientsin (Tianjin) 天津 Tiānjīn 津 jīn (Heping District) 和平區

Chungking (Chongqing) 重慶 Chóngqìng 渝 yú (Yuzhong District) 渝中區

Hankow (Hankou, Wuhan) 漢口 Hànkǒu 漢 hàn (Jiang'an District) 江岸區

Canton (Guangzhou) 廣州 Guǎngzhōu 穗 suì (Yuexiu District) 越秀區

Sian (Xi'an) 西安 Xī'ān 安 ān (Weiyang District) 未央區

Tsingtao (Qingdao) 青島 Qīngdǎo 膠 jiāo (Shinan District) 市南區

Dairen (Dalian) 大連 Dàlián 連 lián (Xigang District) 西崗區

Mukden (Shenyang) 瀋陽 Shěnyáng 瀋 shěn (Shenhe District) 瀋河區

Harbin
Harbin
(Harbin) 哈爾濱 Hā'ěrbīn 哈 hā (Nangang District) 南崗區

The ROC had complicated relations with Mongolia
Mongolia
(Outer Mongolia). As the successor of the Qing dynasty, the ROC claimed Outer Mongolia, and for a short time occupied it by Beiyang government. The Nationalist government of ROC recognised Mongolia's independence in the 1945 Sino-Soviet Treaty of Friendship due to pressure from Soviet Union
Soviet Union
but the recognition was rescinded in 1953 during the Cold War. [34] Economy[edit] Main article: Economic history of China
China
(1912–49)

Boat traffic and development along Suzhou Creek, around 1920, Shanghai

A bill from 1930, early ROC

In the early years of the Republic
Republic
of China, the economy remained unstable as the country was marked by constant warfare between different regional warlord factions. The Beiyang government
Beiyang government
in Beijing were also experiencing constant change of leadership, and this political instability led to stagnation in economic development until Chinese reunification in 1928 by the Kuomintang.[35] After the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
reunified the country in 1928, China
China
entered a period of relative stability despite of ongoing isolated military conflicts and in the face of Japanese aggression in Shandong eventually Manchuria
Manchuria
in 1931. The 1930s in China
China
were alternatively known as the " Nanjing
Nanjing
Decade", in which economic growth was ongoing due to relative political stability compared to the previous decade. Chinese industries grew considerably from 1928 to 1931. While the economy was hit again by Japanese occupation of Manchuria
Manchuria
in 1931 and the Great Depression from 1931 to 1935, industrial output recovered to their earlier peak by 1936. This is reflected by the trends in Chinese GDP. In 1932, China's GDP peaked at 28.8 billion, before falling to 21.3 billion by 1934 and recovering to 23.7 billion by 1935.[36] By 1930, foreign investment in China
China
totaled 3.5 billion, with Japan leading (1.4 billion) and the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
at 1 billion. By 1948, however, the capital stock had halted with investment dropping to only 3 billion, with the US and Britain leading.[37] However, the rural economy was hit hard by the Great Depression of the 1930s, in which an overproduction of agricultural goods lead to massive falling prices for China
China
as well as an increase in foreign imports (as agricultural goods produced in western countries were "dumped" in China). In 1931, imports of rice in China
China
amounted to 21 million bushels compared with 12 million in 1928. Other goods saw even more staggering increases. In 1932, 15 million bushels of grain were imported compared with 900,000 in 1928. This increased competition lead to a massive decline in Chinese agricultural prices (which were cheaper) and thus the income of rural farmers. In 1932, agricultural prices were 41 percent of 1921 levels.[38] Rural incomes had fallen to 57 percent of 1931 levels by 1934 in some areas.[38] In 1937, Japan invaded China
China
and the resulting warfare laid waste to China. Most of the prosperous east China
China
coast was occupied by the Japanese, who carried out various atrocities such as the Rape of Nanjing
Nanjing
in 1937. In one anti-guerilla sweep in 1942, the Japanese killed up to 200,000 civilians in a month. The war was estimated to have killed between 20 and 25 million Chinese, and destroyed all that Chiang had built up in the preceding decade.[39] Development of industries was severely hampered after the war by devastating conflict as well as the inflow of cheap American goods. By 1946, Chinese industries operated at 20% capacity and had 25% of the output of pre-war China.[40] One effect of the war was a massive increase in government control of industries. In 1936, government-owned industries were only 15% of GDP. However, the ROC government took control of many industries in order to fight the war. In 1938, the ROC established a commission for industries and mines to control and supervise firms, as well as instilling price controls. By 1942, 70% of the capital of Chinese industry were owned by the government.[41] Following the war with Japan, Chiang acquired Taiwan
Taiwan
from Japan and renewed his struggle with the communists. However, the corruption of the KMT, as well as hyperinflation as a result of trying to fight the civil war, resulted in mass unrest throughout the Republic[42] and sympathy for the communists. In addition, the communists' promise to redistribute land gained them support among the massive rural population. In 1949, the communists captured Beijing
Beijing
and later Nanjing as well. The People's Republic
Republic
of China
China
was proclaimed on 1 October 1949. The Republic
Republic
of China
China
relocated to Taiwan
Taiwan
where Japan had laid an educational groundwork.[43] Military[edit] Main articles: Beiyang Army
Beiyang Army
and National Revolutionary Army

Beiyang Army
Beiyang Army
troops on parade.

The NRA during World War II

The Republic
Republic
of China
China
Army takes its roots in the National Revolutionary Army, which was established by Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen
in 1925 in Guangdong
Guangdong
with the goal of reunifying China
China
under the Kuomintang. Originally organized with Soviet aid as a means for the KMT to unify China
China
against warlordism, the National Revolutionary Army
National Revolutionary Army
fought major engagements in the Northern Expedition
Northern Expedition
against the Chinese Beiyang Army warlords, in the Second Sino-Japanese War
Second Sino-Japanese War
against the Imperial Japanese Army, and in the Chinese Civil War
Chinese Civil War
against the People's Liberation Army.[citation needed] During the Second Sino-Japanese War, the armed forces of the Communist Party of China
China
were nominally incorporated into the National Revolutionary Army (while retaining separate commands), but broke away to form the People's Liberation Army
People's Liberation Army
shortly after the end of the war. With the promulgation of the Constitution of the Republic
Republic
of China
China
in 1947 and the formal end of the KMT party-state, the National Revolutionary Army was renamed the Republic
Republic
of China
China
Armed Forces, with the bulk of its forces forming the Republic
Republic
of China
China
Army, which retreated to Taiwan
Taiwan
in 1949 after their defeat in the Chinese Civil War. Units which surrendered and remained in mainland China
China
were either disbanded or incorporated into the People's Liberation Army.[citation needed] See also[edit]

China
China
portal Taiwan
Taiwan
portal

Economic history of China
China
(1912–49) Five Races Under One Union Sino-German cooperation 1926–1941 Sino-Soviet relations Three Principles of the People

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External links[edit]

Chinese Revolutionary Destinations travel guide from Wikivoyage Media related to Republic
Republic
of China
China
(1912-1949) at Wikimedia Commons

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