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Chiang Kai-shek as a historic figure requires reevaluation by Taiwanese people: Liberty Times

Chiang Kai-shek as a historic figure requires reevaluation by Taiwanese people: Liberty Times

Council for Cultural Affairs’ (CCA) move to ratify the relics of Chiang Kai Shek, a political and military leader of 20th century China, as national antiques reflected a certain inclination in judging his role in history, indicated Democracy Progressive Party Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen.
“All the people in Taiwan, including the government, the Kuomintang (KMT) and the general public should reevaluate Chiang in terms of his contribution to Taiwan,” Tsai was quoted as saying by news report.
She continued that “giving him a correct and consensus comment is much more important than dealing with what he left,” according to the report on Liberty Times Sunday.
Chiang’s relics approved by the CCA included general overcoat, scepter and more reserved by the Armed Forces Museum.
Relics that bear historical meaning deserve well reservation. However, history review requires a comprehensive view instead of extracting certain perspectives, withholding the truth or revising the history, says the report.
Meanwhile, Premier Wu Den-yi held the opinion that Chiang’s great influence was widespread in Chinese circle, Asia and even the world then and couldn’t be ignored.
Wu further emphasized that from different angles, Chiang would receive different comments. He’s quoted by local media as saying that “I would understand the 228 Incident victims’ family’s feelings and respect specialists’ evaluation against the value of Chiang’s relics.”
Chiang was an influential member of the KMT and Sun Yat-sen's close ally. In 1928, Chiang led the Northern Expedition to unify the country, becoming China's overall leader. Later, as failed in the civil war with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Chiang and the Nationalist government retreated to Taiwan. He ruled the island as president and director-general of the KMT until his death in 1975.
Even today, feelings towards Chiang are mixed in Taiwan. Some regard him as a warlord while some still view him as a hero.





Updated : 2021-06-23 11:40 GMT+08:00