Chiang Kai-Shek: Marshal of China

Chiang Kai-Shek: Marshal of China

Chiang Kai-Shek: Marshal of China

Chiang Kai-Shek: Marshal of China

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For no less than fifty years I have felt strongly attached to the Middle Kingdom and I have spent the happiest and most successful years of my life in that vast country. The first time I set foot on Chinese ground was in 1890 and I was last there in 1935. And now--in 1940--when the whole world is being rent asunder by new bloody wars, I can see an endless row of never-to-be-forgotten memories, all emanating from the Yellow Earth and in some way or other connected with the pleasant and patient people of China.

I entered into very intimate and confidential relations with the Central Government at Nanking when late in the summer of 1933 I was offered and accepted the task of staking out, and, with the assistance of Chinese experts, of mapping and describing two automobile highways for that Government, which roads were to be built between China proper and the province of Sinkiang. Earlier, in the spring of 1929, I had had the honor of meeting the great Marshal, General Chiang Kai-shek, in Nanking, and after my return from the automobile journey in February, 1935, I had the pleasure of going to Hankow and rendering an account to him and his charming wife of the results obtained by the expedition. On both these occasions the Marshal's splendid personality made a deep and indelible impression upon me.

Like all true friends and admirers of China, I was profoundly grieved by Japan's attack on her great neighbor, and by the extensive invasion which commenced on the seventh of July, 1937. Undoubtedly Japan was driven to this step by forces . . .

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