I’m sure you’ve heard ‘first republic in Asia’ before, but get this: A search on this phrase on google, turned up about 1/3 or more of the results referring to the 1912 formation of the Republic of China! Now there’s an example of Chinese cultural arrogance for you. They were completely overlooking the 1898 Malolos Republic in the Phillipines (which make up the majority ofthe Google results).
Here’s the challenge. 500 guanxi if you can find ‘the first republic in Asia’. It might not be the one you are thinking of.