Objective chronological listing of significant events leading up to modern China.
March – Comintern representative G. N. Voitinsky arrives in Beijing. Voitinsky meets Li Dazhao, Chen Duxiu and other Communist supporters. Preparations are made to form a Chinese Communist Party.
April – Chinese translation of The Communist Manifesto is published.
May - Northern general Wu Peifu leads his army back north from Hunan province.
June – Mao Zedong meets Chen Duxiu in Shanghai.
July – War breaks out among the northern factions. Northeast (Manchurian) faction led by Zhang Zuolin joins up with Zhili faction led by Cao Kun. The combined force coordinated with a Zhili army led by Wu Peifu. An attack is launched against the Anhui faction led by Duan Qirui. The brief war ends with elimination of the Anhui army. Duan fleeing to the Japanese concession in Tianjin. The Northeast and Zhili factions then turn against each other.
October – Chen Jiongming, after receiving financial support from the Anhui faction, leads the Second Guangdong Army into Guangzhou.
November - Comintern representative G. N. Voitinsky meets Sun Yat-sen in Shanghai.
December – Sun Yat-sen arrives in Guangzhou from Shanghai.