Some skeletons have been falling out of the archivist’s closet as China and Taiwan celebrate the centenary of Dr. Sun Yat-sen”s revolution. It has been revealed that the founding father of the first Republic of China, in 1911, had appealed to the Japanese for military and political assistance to organize the pivotal uprising in Hankow on October 10, leading to the fall of the late Qing dynasty. Upon learning that the Japanese were not interested in giving charity or handing out a free lunch, Sun signed private agreements with his Japanese mafia samurai friends during his exile in Tokyo, who were either undercover spies or closely associated with the Japanese secret service. Sun generously promised his Japanese friends that Japan’s goodwill would be duly reciprocated with her “interests” in Manchuria “protected”—a euphemism signifying that the new revolutionary regime would acquiesce to the propping-up of an independent pro-Japanese regime in Manchuria, or even to its blatant occupation. His Japanese friends must have passed the message to the government. This explains why Chiang Kai-shek remained hesitant and reluctant to mobilize his armies against the Japanese after Manchuria was occupied in 1931. It was not until July 1937, when the Generalissimo found himself painted into a corner, did he finally say enough was enough. He officially declared war on Japan when the Japanese, emboldened by China’s stoicism and the West’s idling-by, further invaded northern China. When Japan propped up the puppet Puyi Manchuria Kingdom, she presumed to be honoring Sun’s gentleman’s agreement. Sun was only keen to recover the previous territories of the late Ming Empire, bordering on Manchuria along the Great Wall, beyond which lay the home of the barbaric Manchurian boar eaters and deer blood drinkers, who were not ethnically Han Chinese. Had the Japanese not been so greedy, wielding their guns and canons further south, and if they hadn’t gone as far as bombing Pearl Harbor, we Hongkongers could have had a cheaper and well-managed winter hot spa tourist option aside from Hokkaido, with the slight trouble of having to apply for a tourist visa from the Japanese consulate in order to travel to Shenyang, then named Shengking, capital of the Manchurian Empire. That means people in the northwestern provinces of Heilonjiang would enjoy ice skating on the unpolluted River Sunggari and would be feeding their children melamine-free milk, perhaps imported from Sapporo duty-free with compliments from the Japanese emperor. Sun had done as much as he could. Blame the few ill-informed military fanatics like Hideki Tojo, who must have not understood that if Sun actually endorsed Japanese occupation of more land than just Manchuria, he would have told his Japanese friends so. Captain Perry and his entourage must have taught the Japanese what contract spirit truly meant. The Japanese learned that English cultural lesson eventually, with the Chinese people paying a dear cost.