Political map of East Asia and the Western Pacific 06 December 1911 (Chinese Revolution): China had suffered endless humiliations since the mid 19th century (Century of humiliation), with the once powerful Qing dynasty (Qing dynasty) unable to hold back foreign intrusions and forced to accept outside control of its ports and railways (Concessions in China). Many revolutionary groups formed to overthrow the regime, and on October 10, 1911, one such group managed to seize power in the city of Wuchang (Wuchang Uprising). From there the revolution spread quickly across China (Xinhai Revolution). In an attempt to placate the revolutionaries, the Qing became a constitutional monarchy with the powerful general Yuan Shikai (Yuan Shikai) as prime minister.