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China distorts Sun Yat-sen's central idea: granddaughter

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China distorts Sun Yat-sen's central idea: granddaughter

Taipei, Oct. 2 (CNA) Lily Sui-fong Sun, a granddaughter of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, said Sunday that the Chinese government has distorted the central idea of the founder of modern China and has tried to modify the facts. In an interview with the Hong Kong-based Mingpao newspaper , Sun expressed anger over the distortion of her grandfather's idea. "Some people have distorted my grandfather's `Three Principles of the People' and have implemented a string of policies to fool the citizens," she said. Sun said that Jiang Zemin, who served as president of the People's Republic of China from 1993 to 2003, distorted her grandfather's "Three Principles of the People" during the 90th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution in 2001. She said that Jiang "deleted and changed history" and that she wrote him a letter to express her dissatisfaction. According to the granddaughter, Jiang replied in 2002 that he was willing to give financial assistance to activities related to the 1911 Xinhai Revolution led by Sun Yat-sen, and mentioned a sponsorship figure of US$10 million in 2008. She told the newspaper she refused the money because of Jiang's twisting of history. In 1981, she went on, when she visited her grandfather's mausoleum in Nanjing, she found that the Kuomintang (KMT) emblem on the top of the tomb had disappeared. Sun Yat-sen was also the founder of the KMT. She added that some statues of Sun Yat-sen that she has donated have been destroyed in some Chinese cities. In recent years, Sun has attended several unveiling ceremonies for the bronze statues of her grandfather. She plans to give away a total of 100 of the statues. Sun, 76, is the third daughter of Sun Ke, Sun Yat-sen's eldest son, and his mistress Yan Aijuan. She was raised in Shanghai and Hong Kong, and moved to Honolulu after she got married. (By Nell Shen)