Newspaper article China Post

Generalissmo and Madame Chiang Not Yet 'Out of Mind'

Newspaper article China Post

Generalissmo and Madame Chiang Not Yet 'Out of Mind'

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There's a very timely exhibition which opens at National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall today. On display at the "Forever Madame Chiang" exhibit are more than 250 photos and memorabilia of May-ling Soong, better known in the West as China's eternal first lady. This 10th-anniversary commemoration of the death of Madame Chiang Kai-shek shows the world that she and her husband are neither out of sight nor out of mind, as far as Chinese people are concerned.

Among the memorabilia on display are two silver goblets presented to the newlywed Chiangs at the end of 1927 by Wang Qingwei and Sun Fo, who headed the Kuomintang government in Wuhan as a rival of Generalissimo Chiang in Nanjing. The wedding presents are known as "Goblets of Reconciliation." Inscribed on Wang's goblet is the congratulatory note, "Hearts Bound Together" ([...]), while the inscription on Sun's reads "Base for Peace" ([...]).

Sun Fo, son of founder of the Chinese Republic Dr. Sun Yat-sen, and Wang, Dr. Sun's right-hand man, continued their alliance with the Chinese Communist Party and moved the Kuomintang government from Guangzhou to Wuhan in April 1927, while Generalissimo Chiang was on his Northern Expedition to unify China. Chiang conquered Nanjing and put up another government to split the Kuomintang. Wang found out that Joseph Stalin was trying to help the Chinese Communists take over his government and reconciled with Chiang, making it possible for the generalissimo to nominally unify China in 1929.

Unlike the Chinese Communist Party, the Kuomintang has survived many splits, like the Nanjing-Wuhan split of 1927. Early last month, the Kuomintang's attempted ouster of Wang Jin-pyng from the party started a political crisis, which was just averted by the defeat of a no-confidence motion against Premier Jiang Yi-huah last week, but the threat of another split hasn't totally disappeared. The two goblets should remind the ruling party of Wang and Sun's successful attempts in achieving reconciliation with Chiang to ensure Chinese unification. …

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