George Ernest Morrison was the first resident correspondent of The Times newspaper in Beijing. He later became the political adviser to Yuan Shikai and made efforts to promote Yuan’s leadership in China. He was also an idealist pledging to devote his life to China’s progress.
This episode focuses on the Revolution of 1911 in China, during which Morrison took the lead in reporting the revolutionary events. In his judgement, Morrison deemed Yuan Shikai as the only hope to bring about a peaceful transformation of China into a republic of sustainable progress and openness. After Yuan Shikai became the president, Morrison was appointed his chief political adviser. When the “Twenty-One Demands” was schemed, he helped Yuan Shikai foil Japan’s conspiracy to encroach China.