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Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
(/ˈtʃæŋ kaɪˈʃɛk, ˈdʒjɑːŋ/;[3] 31 October 1887 – 5 April 1975), also romanized as Chiang Chieh-shih and known as Chiang Chungcheng, was a political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China
Republic of China
between 1928 and 1975. Chiang was an influential member of the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
(KMT), the Chinese Nationalist Party, as well as a close ally of Sun Yat-sen's. Chiang became the Commandant of the Kuomintang's Whampoa Military Academy
Whampoa Military Academy
and took Sun's place as leader of the KMT
KMT
following the Canton Coup
Canton Coup
in early 1926. Having neutralized the party's left wing, Chiang then led Sun's long-postponed Northern Expedition, conquering or reaching accommodations with China's many warlords.[4] From 1928 to 1948, Chiang served as chairman of the National Military Council of the Nationalist Government
Nationalist Government
of the Republic of China
Republic of China
(ROC). Chiang was socially conservative, promoting traditional Chinese culture in the New Life Movement
New Life Movement
and rejecting both western democracy and Sun's nationalist democratic socialism in favour of an authoritarian government.[citation needed] Unable to maintain Sun's good relations with the communists, Chiang purged them in a massacre at Shanghai and repression of uprisings at Kwangtung and elsewhere. At the onset of the Second Sino-Japanese War, which later became the Chinese theater of World War II, Zhang Xueliang
Zhang Xueliang
kidnapped Chiang and obliged him to establish a Second United Front
Second United Front
with the communists. After the defeat of the Japanese, the American-sponsored Marshall Mission, an attempt to negotiate a coalition government, failed in 1946. The Chinese Civil War
Chinese Civil War
resumed, with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) led by Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong
defeating the Nationalists and declaring the People's Republic of China
Republic of China
in 1949. Chiang's government and army retreated to Taiwan, where Chiang imposed martial law and persecuted critics in a period known as the "White Terror". After evacuating to Taiwan, Chiang's government continued to declare its intention to retake mainland China. Chiang ruled Taiwan
Taiwan
securely as President of the Republic of China
Republic of China
and General of the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
until his death in 1975, just one year short of Mao's death.[5] Like Mao, Chiang is regarded as a controversial figure: supporters credit him with playing a major part in unifying the nation and a national figure of the Chinese resistance against Japan and the Allied victory of the Second World War, as well as his staunch anti-Soviet and anti-communist stance; detractors and critics denounce him as a dictator at the front of an authoritarian autocracy who suppressed and purged opponents and critics and arbitrarily incarcerated those he deemed as opposing to the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
among others.

Contents

1 Names 2 Childhood 3 Education in Japan 4 Return to China 5 Establishment of the Kuomintang 6 Competition with Wang Jingwei 7 Rising power 8 Rule

8.1 Mass deaths under Nationalist rule 8.2 First phase of the Chinese Civil War 8.3 Second Sino-Japanese War 8.4 French Indochina 8.5 Ryukyus 8.6 Second phase of the Chinese Civil War

8.6.1 Treatment and use of Japanese soldiers 8.6.2 Conditions during the Chinese Civil War 8.6.3 Competition with Li Zongren 8.6.4 Final Communist advance

8.7 On Taiwan

8.7.1 Preparations to retake the mainland 8.7.2 Regime 8.7.3 Relationship with Japan 8.7.4 Relationship with the United States

8.8 Death

9 Cult of personality 10 Philosophy 11 Contemporary public perception 12 Family

12.1 Wives 12.2 Family tree

13 Religion and relationships with religious communities

13.1 Religious views 13.2 Relationship with Muslims 13.3 Relationship with Buddhists and Christians

14 Honours 15 See also 16 Gallery 17 References 18 Further reading 19 External links

Names[edit] Like many other Chinese historical figures, Chiang used several names throughout his life. That inscribed in the genealogical records of his family is Jiang Zhoutai (Chinese: 蔣周泰; Wade–Giles: Chiang Chou-t‘ai). This so-called "register name" (譜名) is the one under which his extended relatives knew him, and the one he used in formal occasions, such as when he got married. In deference to tradition, family members did not use the register name in conversation with people outside of the family. The concept of a "real" or original name is not as clear-cut in China
China
as it is in the Western world. In honor of tradition, Chinese families waited a number of years before officially naming their offspring. In the meantime, they used a "milk name" (乳名), given to the infant shortly after his birth and known only to the close family, thus the actual name that Chiang received at birth was Jiang Ruiyuan (Chinese: 蔣瑞元; Wade–Giles: Chiang Jui-yuan). In 1903, the 16-year-old Chiang went to Ningbo
Ningbo
to be a student, and he chose a "school name" (學名). This was actually the formal name of a person, used by older people to address him, and the one he would use the most in the first decades of his life (as the person grew older, younger generations would have to use one of the courtesy names instead). Colloquially, the school name is called "big name" (大名), whereas the "milk name" is known as the "small name" (小名). The school name that Chiang chose for himself was Zhiqing (Chinese: 志清; Wade–Giles: Chi-ch‘ing, which means "purity of intentions"). For the next fifteen years or so, Chiang was known as Jiang Zhiqing (Wade-Giles: Chiang Chi-ch‘ing). This is the name under which Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen
knew him when Chiang joined the republicans in Kwangtung in the 1910s. In 1912, when Jiang Zhiqing was in Japan, he started to use the name Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
(Chinese: 蔣介石; Pinyin:  Jiang Jieshi (help·info); Wade-Giles: Chiang Chieh-shih) as a pen name for the articles that he published in a Chinese magazine he founded: Voice of the Army (Chinese: 軍聲). Jieshi is the Pinyin
Pinyin
romanization of this name, based on Mandarin, but the most recognized romanized rendering is Kai-shek which is in Cantonese
Cantonese
romanization. As the republicans were based in Canton (a Cantonese
Cantonese
speaking area, now commonly known as Guangdong
Guangdong
province), Chiang became known by Westerners under the Cantonese
Cantonese
romanization of his courtesy name, while the family name as known in English seems to be the Mandarin pronunciation of his Chinese family name, transliterated in Wade-Giles. "Kai-shek"/"Jieshi" soon became Chiang's courtesy name (字). Some think the name was chosen from the classic Chinese book the I Ching; "介于石", "[he who is] firm as a rock", is the beginning of line 2 of Hexagram 16, "豫". Others note that the first character of his courtesy name is also the first character of the courtesy name of his brother and other male relatives on the same generation line, while the second character of his courtesy name shi (石—meaning "stone") suggests the second character of his "register name" tai (泰—the famous Mount Tai
Mount Tai
of China). Courtesy names in China
China
often bore a connection with the personal name of the person. As the courtesy name is the name used by people of the same generation to address the person, Chiang soon became known under this new name. Sometime in 1917 or 1918, as Chiang became close to Sun Yat-sen, he changed his name from Jiang Zhiqing to Jiang Zhongzheng (Chinese: 蔣中正; Wade–Giles: Chiang Chung-cheng). By adopting the name Chung-cheng ("central uprightness"), he was choosing a name very similar to the name of Sun Yat-sen, who was (and still is) known among Chinese as Zhongshan (中山—meaning "central mountain"), thus establishing a link between the two. The meaning of uprightness, rectitude, or orthodoxy, implied by his name, also positioned him as the legitimate heir of Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen
and his ideas. Not surprisingly, the Chinese Communists always rejected the use of this name and it is not well known in mainland China. However, it was readily accepted by members of the Chinese Nationalist Party and is the name under which Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
is still commonly known in Taiwan. Often the name is shortened to "Chung-cheng" only ("Zhongzheng" in Pinyin). Many public places in Taiwan
Taiwan
are named Chungcheng after Chiang. For many years passengers arriving at the Chiang Kai-shek International Airport
Chiang Kai-shek International Airport
were greeted by signs in Chinese welcoming them to the "Chung Cheng International Airport". Similarly, the monument erected to Chiang's memory in Taipei, known in English as Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
Memorial Hall, was literally named "Chung Cheng Memorial Hall" in Chinese. In Singapore, Chung Cheng High School was named after him. His name is also written in Taiwan
Taiwan
as "The Late President Lord Chiang" (先總統 蔣公), where the one-character-wide space known as nuo tai shows respect, but this practice has lost some popularity. However, he is still known as Lord Chiang (蔣公) (without the title or space), along with the name Chiang Chung-cheng, in Taiwan. Childhood[edit] Chiang was born in Xikou, a town in Fenghua, Zhejiang, about 30 kilometers (19 mi) of central Ningbo. His family's ancestral home—a concept important in Chinese society—was Heqiao (和橋鎮), a town in Yixing, Jiangsu, about 38 km (24 mi) southwest of central Wuxi
Wuxi
and 10 km (6.2 mi) from the shores of Lake Tai. His father Jiang Zhaocong (蔣肇聰) and mother Wang Caiyu (王采玉) were members of a prosperous family of salt merchants. Chiang lost his father when he was eight, and he wrote of his mother as the "embodiment of Confucian virtues".The young Chiang was inspired throughout his youth by the realisation that the reputation of an honored family rested upon his shoulders. He was a mischievous child, at only three years old he thrust a pair of chopsticks down his throat to see how far they would reach. They became stuck and were removed with great difficulty. Even at a young age he was interested in war, and directed mimic campaigns with a wooden sword and spear. As he grew older, Chiang became more aware of the issues that surrounded him and in his speech to the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
in 1945 said:

As you all know I was an orphan boy in a poor family. Deprived of any protection after the death of her husband, my mother was exposed to the most ruthless exploitation by neighbouring ruffians and the local gentry. The efforts she made in fighting against the intrigues of these family intruders certainly endowed her child, brought up in such environment, with an indomitable spirit to fight for justice. I felt throughout my childhood that mother and I were fighting a helpless lone war. We were alone in a desert, no available or possible assistance could we look forward to. But our determination was never shaken, nor hope abandoned.[6]

Education in Japan[edit] Chiang grew up at a time in which military defeats, natural disasters, revolts, and the machinations of the empress dowager Cixi had left the Manchu-dominated Qing Empire
Qing Empire
destabilized and in debt. Successive demands of the Western powers
Western powers
and Japan since the Opium War had left China
China
owing millions of taels of silver. He decided to pursue a military career. He began his military training at the Baoding Military Academy in 1906, the same year Japan left its bimetallic currency standard, devaluing its yen. He left for Tokyo Shinbu Gakko, a preparatory school for the Imperial Japanese Army Academy
Imperial Japanese Army Academy
intended for Chinese students, in 1907. There, he came under the influence of compatriots to support the revolutionary movement to overthrow the Qing and to set up a Han-dominated Chinese republic. He befriended fellow Zhejiangese Chen Qimei, and in 1908 Chen brought Chiang into the Tongmenghui, an important revolutionary brotherhood of the era. Finishing his schooling, Chiang served in the Imperial Japanese Army from 1909 to 1911. Return to China[edit] After learning of the outbreak (October 1911) of the Wuchang Uprising, Chiang returned to China
China
in 1911, intending to fight as an artillery officer. He served in the revolutionary forces, leading a regiment in Shanghai under his friend and mentor Chen Qimei, as one of Chen's chief lieutenants. In early 1912 a dispute arose between Chen and Tao Chen-chang, an influential member of the Revolutionary Alliance who opposed both Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen
and Chen. Tao sought to avoid escalating the quarrel by hiding in a hospital but Chiang discovered him there. Chen dispatched assassins. Chiang may not have taken part in the act, but would later assume responsibility to help Chen avoid trouble. Chen valued Chiang despite Chiang's already legendary temper, regarding such bellicosity as useful in a military leader.[7] Alternatively, Professor Pichon Loh reports that Chiang may have killed Tao in the hospital with a pistol.[8][need quotation to verify] Chiang's friendship with Chen Qimei
Chen Qimei
signaled an association with Shanghai's criminal syndicate (the Green Gang headed by Du Yuesheng and Huang Jinrong). During Chiang's time in Shanghai, the British-administered Shanghai International Settlement
Shanghai International Settlement
police watched him and charged him with various felonies. These charges never resulted in a trial, and Chiang was never jailed.[9] Chiang became a founding member of the KMT
KMT
after the success (February 1912) of the 1911 Revolution. After the takeover of the Republican government by Yuan Shikai
Yuan Shikai
and the failed Second Revolution in 1913, Chiang, like his KMT
KMT
comrades, divided his time between exile in Japan and the havens of the Shanghai International Settlement. In Shanghai, Chiang cultivated ties with the city's underworld gangs, which were dominated by the notorious Green Gang and its leader Du Yuesheng. On 18 May 1916, agents of Yuan Shikai
Yuan Shikai
assassinated Chen Qimei. Chiang then succeeded Chen as leader of the Chinese Revolutionary Party
Chinese Revolutionary Party
in Shanghai. Sun Yat-sen's political career reached its lowest point during this time when most of his old Revolutionary Alliance comrades refused to join him in the exiled Chinese Revolutionary Party.[10] Establishment of the Kuomintang[edit] In 1917, Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen
moved his base of operations to Kwangtung (now known as Guangzhou), and Chiang joined him in 1918. At this time Sun remained largely sidelined; and, without arms or money, was soon expelled from Kwangtung and exiled again to Shanghai. He was restored to Kwangtung with mercenary help in 1920. After returning to Kwangtung, a rift developed between Sun, who sought to militarily unify China
China
under the KMT, and Guangdong
Guangdong
Governor Chen Jiongming, who wanted to implement a federalist system with Guangdong
Guangdong
as a model province. On 16 June 1922, Ye Ju, a general of Chen's whom Sun had attempted to exile, led an assault of Kwangtung's Presidential Palace.[11] Sun had already fled to the naval yard[12] and boarded the SS Haiqi,[13] but his wife narrowly evaded shelling and rifle fire as she fled.[14] They met on the SS Yongfeng, where they were joined—as swiftly as he could return from Shanghai, where he was ritually mourning his mother's death—by Chiang.[15] For about 50 days,[16] Chiang stayed with Sun, protecting and caring for him and earning his lasting trust. They abandoned their attacks on Chen on August 9, taking a British ship to Hong Kong[15] and traveling to Shanghai by steamer.[16] Sun regained control of Kwangtung in early 1923, again with the help of mercenaries from Yunnan
Yunnan
and from the Comintern. Undertaking a reform of the KMT, he established a revolutionary government aimed at unifying China
China
under the KMT. That same year, Sun sent Chiang to spend three months in Moscow studying the Soviet political and military system. During his trip in Russia, Chiang met Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky
and other Soviet leaders, but quickly came to the conclusion that the Russian model of government was not suitable for China. Chiang later sent his eldest son, Ching-kuo, to study in Russia. After his father's split from the First United Front
First United Front
in 1927, Ching-kuo was forced to stay there, as a hostage, until 1937. Chiang wrote in his diary, "It is not worth it to sacrifice the interest of the country for the sake of my son."[17][18] Chiang even refused to negotiate a prisoner swap for his son in exchange for the Chinese Communist Party
Chinese Communist Party
leader.[19] His attitude remained consistent, and he continued to maintain, by 1937, that "I would rather have no offspring than sacrifice our nation's interests." Chiang had absolutely no intention of ceasing the war against the Communists.[20] Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
returned to Kwangtung and in 1924 was appointed Commandant of the Whampoa Military Academy
Whampoa Military Academy
by Sun. Chiang resigned from the office for one month in disagreement with Sun's extremely close cooperation with the Comintern, but returned at Sun's demand. The early years at Whampoa allowed Chiang to cultivate a cadre of young officers loyal to both the KMT
KMT
and himself. Throughout his rise to power, Chiang also benefited from membership within the nationalist Tiandihui
Tiandihui
fraternity, to which Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen
also belonged, and which remained a source of support during his leadership of the Kuomintang. Competition with Wang Jingwei[edit] Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen
died on 12 March 1925,[21] creating a power vacuum in the Kuomintang. A contest ensued among Wang Jingwei, Liao Zhongkai, and Hu Hanmin. In August, Liao was assassinated and Hu arrested for his connections to the murderers. Wang Jingwei, who had succeeded Sun as chairman of the Kwangtung regime, seemed ascendant but was forced into exile by Chiang following the Canton Coup. The SS Yongfeng, renamed the Zhongshan in Sun's honor, had appeared off Changzhou[22]—the location of the Whampoa Academy—on apparently falsified orders[23] and amid a series of unusual phone calls trying to ascertain Chiang's location.[24] He initially considered fleeing Kwangtung and even booked passage on a Japanese steamer, but then decided to use his military connections to declare martial law on 20 March 1926, and crack down on Communist and Soviet influence over the NRA, the military academy, and the party.[23] The right wing of the party supported him and Stalin—anxious to maintain Soviet influence in the area—had his lieutenants agree to Chiang's demands[25] regarding a reduced Communist presence in the KMT
KMT
leadership in exchange for certain other concessions.[23] The rapid replacement of leadership enabled Chiang to effectively end civilian oversight of the military after May 15, though his authority was somewhat limited[25] by the army's own regional composition and divided loyalties. On 5 June 1926, he was named commander-in-chief of the National Revolutionary Army[26] and, on July 27, he finally launched Sun's long-delayed Northern Expedition, aimed at conquering the northern warlords and bringing China
China
together under the KMT. The NRA branched into three divisions: to the west was the returned Wang Jingwei, who led a column to take Wuhan; Bai Chongxi's column went east to take Shanghai; Chiang himself led in the middle route, planning to take Nanjing
Nanjing
before pressing ahead to capture Beijing. However, in January 1927, Wang Jingwei
Wang Jingwei
and his KMT
KMT
leftist allies took the city of Wuhan
Wuhan
amid much popular mobilization and fanfare. Allied with a number of Chinese Communists and advised by Soviet agent Mikhail Borodin, Wang declared the National Government as having moved to Wuhan. Having taken Nanjing
Nanjing
in March (and briefly visited Shanghai, now under the control of his close ally Bai Chongxi), Chiang halted his campaign and prepared a violent break with Wang's leftist elements, which he believed threatened his control of the KMT. Now with an established national government in Nanjing, and supported by conservative allies including Hu Hanmin, Chiang's expulsion of the Communists and their Soviet advisers led to the beginning of the Chinese Civil War. Wang Jingwei's National Government was weak militarily, and was soon ended by Chiang with the support of a local warlord ( Li Zongren
Li Zongren
of Guangxi). Eventually, Wang and his leftist party surrendered to Chiang and joined him in Nanjing. In the Central Plains War, Beijing was taken on June, 1928, from an alliance of the warlords Feng Yuxiang
Feng Yuxiang
and Yan Xishan. In December, the Manchurian warlord Zhang Xueliang
Zhang Xueliang
pledged allegiance to Chiang's government, completing Chiang's nominal unification of China
China
and ending the Warlord Era. In 1927, when he was setting up the Nationalist government
Nationalist government
in Nanjing, he was preoccupied with "the elevation of our leader Dr. Sun Yat-sen to the rank of 'Father of our Chinese Republic'. Dr. Sun worked for 40 years to lead our people in the Nationalist cause, and we cannot allow any other personality to usurp this honored position". He asked Chen Guofu to purchase a photograph that had been taken in Japan around 1895 or 1898. It showed members of the Revive China
China
Society with Yeung Kui-wan (楊衢雲 or 杨衢云, pinyin Yáng Qúyún) as President, in the place of honor, and Sun, as secretary, on the back row, along with members of the Japanese Chapter of the Revive China
China
Society. When told that it was not for sale, Chiang offered a million dollars to recover the photo and its negative. "The party must have this picture and the negative at any price. They must be destroyed as soon as possible. It would be embarrassing to have our Father of the Chinese Republic shown in a subordinate position".[27] Chiang never obtained either the photo or its negative. Chiang made great efforts to gain recognition as the official successor of Sun Yat-sen. In a pairing of great political significance, Chiang was Sun's brother-in-law: he had married Soong Mei-ling, the younger sister of Soong Ching-ling, Sun's widow, on 1 December 1927. Originally rebuffed in the early 1920s, Chiang managed to ingratiate himself to some degree with Soong Mei-ling's mother by first divorcing his wife and concubines and promising to sincerely study the precepts of Christianity. He read the copy of the Bible that May-ling had given him twice before making up his mind to become a Christian, and three years after his marriage he was baptized in the Soong's Methodist
Methodist
church. Although some observers felt that he adopted Christianity
Christianity
as a political move, studies of his recently opened diaries suggest that his faith was strong and sincere and that he felt that Christianity
Christianity
reinforced Confucian moral teachings.[28] Upon reaching Beijing, Chiang paid homage to Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen
and had his body moved to the new capital of Nanjing
Nanjing
to be enshrined in a grand mausoleum. Rising power[edit] In the West and in the Soviet Union, Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
was known as the "Red General".[1] Movie theaters in the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
showed newsreels and clips of Chiang. At Moscow, Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen
University portraits of Chiang were hung on the walls; and, in the Soviet May Day Parades that year, Chiang's portrait was to be carried along with the portraits of Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and other Communist leaders.[29] The United States
United States
consulate and other Westerners in Shanghai were concerned about the approach of "Red General" Chiang as his army was seizing control of large areas of the country in the Northern Expedition.[30][31] On April 12, Chiang carried out a purge of thousands of suspected Communists and dissidents in Shanghai, and began large-scale massacres across the country collectively known as the "White Terror". Throughout April 1927, more than 12,000 people were killed in Shanghai. The killings drove most Communists from urban cities and into the rural countryside, where the KMT
KMT
was less powerful.[32] In the year after April 1927, over 300,000 people died across China
China
in anti-Communist suppression campaigns, executed by the KMT. One of the most famous quotes from Chiang (during that time) was that he would rather mistakenly kill 1,000 innocent people rather than allow one Communist to escape.[33] Some estimates claim the White Terror in China
China
took millions of lives, most of them in the rural areas. No concrete number can be verified.[34] Chiang allowed Soviet agent and advisor Mikhail Borodin and Soviet general Vasily Blücher
Vasily Blücher
(Galens) "escape" to safety after the purge.[35] Rule[edit] Main articles: Northern Expedition
Northern Expedition
and Nationalist Government
Nationalist Government
(China) See also: Whampoa Military Academy
Whampoa Military Academy
and Nanjing
Nanjing
decade Having gained control of China, Chiang's party remained surrounded by "surrendered" warlords who remained relatively autonomous within their own regions. On 10 October 1928, Chiang was named director of the State Council, the equivalent to President of the country, in addition to his other titles.[36] As with his predecessor Sun Yat-sen, the Western media dubbed him "Generalissimo".[26] According to Sun Yat-sen's plans, the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
(KMT) was to rebuild China
China
in three steps: military rule, political tutelage, and constitutional rule. The ultimate goal of the KMT
KMT
revolution was democracy, which was not considered to be feasible in China's fragmented state. Since the KMT
KMT
had completed the first step of revolution through seizure of power in 1928, Chiang's rule thus began a period of what his party considered to be "political tutelage" in Sun Yat-sen's name. During this so-called Republican Era, many features of a modern, functional Chinese state emerged and developed. The decade of 1928 to 1937 saw some aspects of foreign imperialism, concessions and privileges in China, moderated through diplomacy. The government acted to modernize the legal and penal systems, attempted to stabilize prices, amortize debts, reform the banking and currency systems, build railroads and highways, improve public health facilities, legislate against traffic in narcotics, and augment industrial and agricultural production. Not all of these projects were successfully completed. Efforts were made towards improving education standards; and, in an effort to unify Chinese society, the New Life Movement was launched to encourage Confucian moral values and personal discipline. Guoyu ("national language") was promoted as a standard tongue, and the establishment of communications facilities (including radio) were used to encourage a sense of Chinese nationalism
Chinese nationalism
in a way that was not possible when the nation lacked an effective central government. Any successes that the Nationalists did make, however, were met with constant political and military upheavals. While much of the urban areas were now under the control of the KMT, much of the countryside remained under the influence of weakened yet undefeated warlords and Communists. Chiang often resolved issues of warlord obstinacy through military action, but such action was costly in terms of men and material. The 1930 Central Plains War
Central Plains War
alone nearly bankrupted the Nationalist government
Nationalist government
and caused almost 250,000 casualties on both sides. In 1931, Hu Hanmin, Chiang's old supporter, publicly voiced a popular concern that Chiang's position as both premier and president flew in the face of the democratic ideals of the Nationalist government. Chiang had Hu put under house arrest, but he was released after national condemnation after which he left Nanjing
Nanjing
and supported a rival government in Kwangtung. The split resulted in a military conflict between Hu's Kwangtung government and Chiang's Nationalist government. Chiang only won the campaign against Hu after a shift in allegiance by the warlord Zhang Xueliang, who had previously supported Hu Hanmin. Throughout his rule, complete eradication of the Communists remained Chiang's dream. After assembling his forces in Kiangsi, Chiang led his armies against the newly established Chinese Soviet Republic. With help from foreign military advisers, Chiang's Fifth Campaign finally surrounded the Chinese Red Army
Chinese Red Army
in 1934. The Communists, tipped off that a Nationalist offensive was imminent, retreated in the Long March, during which Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong
rose from a mere military official to the most influential leader of the Communist Party of China. Chiang, as a nationalist and a Confucianist, was against the iconoclasm of the May Fourth Movement. Motivated by his sense of nationalism, he viewed some Western ideas as foreign, and he believed that the great introduction of Western ideas and literature that the May Fourth Movement
May Fourth Movement
promoted was not beneficial to China. He and Dr. Sun criticized the May Fourth intellectuals as corrupting the morals of China's youth.[37] Contrary to Communist propaganda that Chiang was pro-capitalism, Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
antagonized the capitalists of Shanghai, often attacking them and confiscating their capital and assets for the use of the government. Chiang confiscated the wealth of capitalists even while he denounced and fought against communists.[38] Chiang crushed pro-communist worker and peasant organizations and rich Shanghai capitalists at the same time. Chiang continued Dr. Sun Yat-sen's anti-capitalist ideology, directing Kuomintang
Kuomintang
media to openly attack capitalists and capitalism, demanding government controlled industry instead.[39] Chiang has often been interpreted as being pro-capitalist, but this conclusion may be problematic. Shanghai capitalists did briefly support him out of fear of communism in 1927, but this support eroded in 1928 when Chiang turned his tactics of intimidation on them. The relationship between Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
and Chinese capitalists remained poor throughout the period of his administration.[40] Chiang blocked Chinese capitalists from gaining any political power or voice within his regime. Once Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
was done with his White Terror on pro-communist laborers, he proceeded to turn on the capitalists. Gangster connections allowed Chiang to attack them in the International Settlement, successfully forcing capitalists to back him up with their assets for his military expeditions.[40] Chiang viewed Japan, America, the Soviet Union, France
France
and Britain as all being imperialists with nobody else's interests in mind but their own, seeing them as hypocritical to condemn each other for imperialism which they all practiced.[41][42] He manipulated America, Nazi Germany, and the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
to regain lost territories for China
China
as he viewed all the powers as imperialists trying to curtail and suppress China's power and national resurrection.[43] Mass deaths under Nationalist rule[edit] Some sources attribute Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
with millions of deaths[44][45] for the scattered events of mass deaths caused by the Nationalist Government of China. He is certainly partially responsible for the 1938 Yellow River flood which killed hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians in order to fend off a Japanese Advance.[46] This accusation is usually sourced from Rudolph Rummel
Rudolph Rummel
who was referring to the Nationalist regime as whole rather than Chiang Kai-Shek in particular. Regardless the Nationalist government
Nationalist government
of China
China
has been accused of mass killings by Rudolph Rummel, estimating the Nationalist government of China
China
is responsible for between 6 and 18.5 million deaths. He attributes this death toll to a few major causes for example:[47]

1.3 million Chinese civilians starved or killed in order to fend off communist advance Hundreds of thousands (300,000[48]) of peasants and communist killed in political repression. 1.75 to 2.5 million Chinese starving to death due to grain being confiscated and sold to other peasants for the profit of Nationalist Government officials. 4,212,000 Chinese perishing at the start of both the Civil War and the Second Sino-Japanese War
Second Sino-Japanese War
due to starving to death or dying from disease during horrific conscription campaigns. 440,000 to 893,000 Chinese civilians perishing in a man made flood by the Nationalists to stop a Japanese advance.

First phase of the Chinese Civil War[edit] In Nanjing, on April 1931, Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
attended a national leadership conference with Zhang Xueliang
Zhang Xueliang
and General Ma Fuxiang, in which Chiang and Zhang dauntlessly upheld that Manchuria
Manchuria
was part of China
China
in the face of the Japanese invasion.[49] After the Japanese invasion of Manchuria
Manchuria
in 1931, Chiang resigned as Chairman of the National Government. He returned shortly afterwards, adopting the slogan "first internal pacification, then external resistance". However, this policy of avoiding a frontal war against the Japanese was widely unpopular. In 1932, while Chiang was seeking first to defeat the Communists, Japan launched an advance on Shanghai and bombarded Nanjing. This disrupted Chiang's offensives against the Communists for a time, although it was the northern factions of Hu Hanmin's Kwangtung government (notably the 19th Route Army) that primarily led the offensive against the Japanese during this skirmish. Brought into the Nationalist army immediately after the battle, the 19th Route Army's career under Chiang would be cut short after it was disbanded for demonstrating socialist tendencies. In December 1936, Chiang flew to Xi'an
Xi'an
to coordinate a major assault on the Red Army and the Communist Republic that had retreated into Yan'an. However, Chiang's allied commander Zhang Xueliang, whose forces were used in his attack and whose homeland of Manchuria
Manchuria
had been recently invaded by the Japanese, did not support the attack on the Communists. On December 12, Zhang and several other Nationalist generals headed by Yang Hucheng of Shaanxi kidnapped Chiang for two weeks in what is known as the Xi'an
Xi'an
Incident. They forced Chiang into making a "Second United Front" with the Communists against Japan. After releasing Chiang and returning to Nanjing
Nanjing
with him, Zhang was placed under house arrest and the generals who had assisted him were executed. Chiang's commitment to the Second United Front
Second United Front
was nominal at best, and it was all but broken up in 1941. Second Sino-Japanese War[edit] The Second Sino-Japanese War
Second Sino-Japanese War
broke out in July 1937, and in August of that year Chiang sent 600,000 of his best-trained and equipped soldiers to defend Shanghai. With over 200,000 Chinese casualties, Chiang lost the political cream of his Whampoa-trained officers. Though Chiang lost militarily, the battle dispelled Japanese claims that it could conquer China
China
in three months and demonstrated to the Western powers
Western powers
that the Chinese would continue the fight. By December, the capital city of Nanjing
Nanjing
had fallen to the Japanese resulting in the Nanking Massacre. Chiang moved the government inland, first to Wuhan
Wuhan
and later to Chongqing. Having lost most of China's economic and industrial centers, Chiang withdrew into the hinterlands, stretching the Japanese supply lines and bogging down Japanese soldiers in the vast Chinese interior. As part of a policy of protracted resistance, Chiang authorized the use of scorched earth tactics, resulting in many civilian deaths. During the Nationalists' retreat from Zhengzhou, the dams around the city were deliberately destroyed by the Nationalist army in order to delay the Japanese advance, killing 500,000 people in the subsequent 1938 Yellow River flood. After heavy fighting, the Japanese occupied Wuhan
Wuhan
in the fall of 1938 and the Nationalists retreated farther inland, to Chongqing. While en route to Chongqing, the Nationalist army intentionally started the "fire of Changsha", as a part of the scorched earth policy. The fire destroyed much of the city, killed twenty thousand civilians, and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless. Due to an organizational error (it was claimed), the fire was begun without any warning to the residents of the city. The Nationalists eventually blamed three local commanders for the fire and executed them. Newspapers across China blamed the fire on (non-KMT) arsonists, but the blaze contributed to a nationwide loss of support for the KMT.[50] In 1939 Muslim leaders Isa Yusuf Alptekin
Isa Yusuf Alptekin
and Ma Fuliang were sent by Chiang to several Middle eastern countries, including Egypt, Turkey, and Syria, to gain support for the Chinese War against Japan, and to express his support for Muslims.[51] The Japanese, controlling the puppet-state of Manchukuo
Manchukuo
and much of China's eastern seaboard, appointed Wang Jingwei
Wang Jingwei
as a Quisling-ruler of the occupied Chinese territories around Nanjing. Wang named himself President of the Executive Yuan and Chairman of the National Government (not the same 'National Government' as Chiang's), and led a surprisingly large[quantify] minority of anti-Chiang/anti-Communist Chinese against his old comrades. He died in 1944, within a year of the end of World War II. The Hui Muslim Xidaotang
Xidaotang
sect pledged allegiance to the Kuomintang after their rise to power and Hui Muslim General Bai Chongxi acquainted Chiang Kaishek with the Xidaotang
Xidaotang
jiaozhu Ma Mingren in 1941 in Chongqing.[52] In 1942 Generalissimo
Generalissimo
Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
went on tour in northwestern China
China
in Xinjiang, Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, and Qinghai, where he met both Muslim Generals Ma Buqing
Ma Buqing
and Ma Bufang.[53] He also met the Muslim Generals Ma Hongbin
Ma Hongbin
and Ma Hongkui
Ma Hongkui
separately. A border crisis erupted with Tibet
Tibet
in 1942. Under orders from Chiang Kai-shek, Ma Bufang
Ma Bufang
repaired Yushu airport to prevent Tibetan separatists from seeking independence.[citation needed] Chiang also ordered Ma Bufang
Ma Bufang
to put his Muslim soldiers on alert for an invasion of Tibet
Tibet
in 1942.[54] Ma Bufang
Ma Bufang
complied and moved several thousand troops to the border with Tibet.[55] Chiang also threatened the Tibetans
Tibetans
with aerial bombardment if they worked with the Japanese. Ma Bufang attacked the Tibetan Buddhist Tsang monastery in 1941.[56] He also constantly attacked the Labrang monastery.[57] With the attack on Pearl Harbor and the opening of the Pacific War, China
China
became one of the Allied Powers. During and after World War II, Chiang and his American-educated wife Soong Mei-ling, known in the United States
United States
as "Madame Chiang", held the support of the United States' China
China
Lobby, which saw in them the hope of a Christian and democratic China. Chiang was even named the Supreme Commander of Allied forces in the China
China
war zone. He was created a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Bath
by King George VI of the United Kingdom in 1942.[58] General Joseph Stilwell, an American military adviser to Chiang during World War II, strongly criticized Chiang and his generals for what he saw as their incompetence and corruption.[59] In 1944, the United States Army Air Corps commenced Operation Matterhorn
Operation Matterhorn
in order to bomb Japan's steel industry from bases to be constructed in mainland China. This was meant to fulfill President Roosevelt's promise to Chiang Kai-shek to begin bombing operations against Japan by November 1944. However, Chiang Kai-shek's subordinates refused to take airbase construction seriously until enough capital had been delivered to permit embezzlement on a massive scale. Stilwell estimated that at least half of the $100 million spent on construction of airbases was embezzled by Nationalist party officials.[60] Chiang played the Soviets and Americans against each other during the war. He first told the Americans that they would be welcome in talks between the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and China
China
then secretly told the Soviets that the Americans were unimportant and that their opinions would not be considered. Chiang also used American support and military power in China
China
against the ambitions of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
to dominate the talks, stopping the Soviets from taking full advantage of the situation in China
China
with the threat of American military action against the Soviets.[61] French Indochina[edit] U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, through General Stilwell, privately made it clear that they preferred that the French not reacquire French Indochina
French Indochina
(modern day Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) after the war was over. Roosevelt offered Chiang control of all of Indochina. It was said that Chiang replied: "Under no circumstances!"[62] After the war, 200,000 Chinese troops under General Lu Han were sent by Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
to northern Indochina (north of the 16th parallel) to accept the surrender of Japanese occupying forces there, and remained in Indochina until 1946, when the French returned.[63][64] The Chinese used the VNQDD, the Vietnamese branch of the Chinese Kuomintang, to increase their influence in Indochina and to put pressure on their opponents.[65] Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
threatened the French with war in response to maneuvering by the French and Ho Chi Minh's forces against each other, forcing them to come to a peace agreement. In February 1946 he also forced the French to surrender all of their concessions in China
China
and to renounce their extraterritorial privileges in exchange for the Chinese withdrawing from northern Indochina and allowing French troops to reoccupy the region. Following France's agreement to these demands, the withdrawal of Chinese troops began in March 1946.[66][67][68][69] Ryukyus[edit] During the Cairo Conference
Cairo Conference
in 1943, Chiang said that Roosevelt asked him whether China
China
would like to claim the Ryukyu Islands
Ryukyu Islands
from Japan in addition to retaking Taiwan, the Pescadores, and Manchuria. Chiang claims that he said he was in favor of an international presence on the islands.[70] However, the U.S. became the sole protector of the Ryukyus in 1945, and reverted it to the Japanese in 1972 while securing US military presence there. Second phase of the Chinese Civil War[edit] Main articles: Chinese Civil War
Chinese Civil War
and Chinese Communist Revolution See also: Constitution of the Republic of China
Republic of China
and Republic of China presidential election, 1948 Treatment and use of Japanese soldiers[edit] In 1945, when Japan surrendered, Chiang's Chongqing
Chongqing
government was ill-equipped and ill-prepared to reassert its authority in formerly Japanese-occupied China, and it asked the Japanese to postpone their surrender until Kuomintang
Kuomintang
(KMT) authority could arrive to take over. American troops and weapons soon bolstered KMT
KMT
forces, allowing them to reclaim cities. The countryside, however, remained largely under Communist control. For over a year after the Japanese surrender, rumors circulated throughout China
China
that the Japanese had entered into a secret agreement with Chiang, in which the Japanese would assist the Nationalists in fighting the Communists in exchange for the protection of Japanese persons and property there. Many top nationalist generals, including Chiang, had studied and trained in Japan before the Nationalists had returned to the mainland in the 1920s, and maintained close personal friendships with top Japanese officers. The Japanese general in charge of all forces in China, General Yasuji Okamura, had personally trained officers who later became generals in Chiang's staff. Reportedly, General Okamura, before surrendering command of all Japanese military forces in Nanjing, offered Chiang control of all 1.5 million Japanese military and civilian support staff then present in China. Reportedly, Chiang seriously considered accepting this offer, but declined only in the knowledge that the United States
United States
would certainly be outraged by the gesture. Even so, armed Japanese troops remained in China
China
well into 1947, with some noncommissioned officers finding their way into the Nationalist officer corps.[71] That the Japanese in China came to regard Chiang as a magnanimous figure to whom many Japanese owed their lives and livelihoods was a fact attested by both Nationalist and Communist sources.[72] Conditions during the Chinese Civil War[edit] Westad says the Communists won the Civil War because they made fewer military mistakes than Chiang Kai-Shek, and because in his search for a powerful centralized government, Chiang antagonized too many interest groups in China. Furthermore, his party was weakened in the war against Japan. Meanwhile, the Communists told different groups, such as peasants, exactly what they wanted to hear, and cloaked themselves in the cover of Chinese Nationalism.[73] Following the war, the United States
United States
encouraged peace talks between Chiang and Communist leader Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong
in Chongqing. Due to concerns about widespread and well-documented corruption in Chiang's government throughout his rule, the U.S. government limited aid to Chiang for much of the period of 1946 to 1948, in the midst of fighting against the People's Liberation Army
People's Liberation Army
led by Mao Zedong. Alleged infiltration of the U.S. government by Chinese Communist agents may have also played a role in the suspension of American aid.[74] Chiang's right-hand man, the secret police Chief Dai Li, was both anti-American and anti-Communist.[75] Dai ordered Kuomintang
Kuomintang
agents to spy on American officers.[76] Earlier, Dai had been involved with the Blue Shirts Society, a fascist-inspired paramilitary group within the Kuomintang, which wanted to expel Western and Japanese imperialists, crush the Communists, and eliminate feudalism.[77] Dai Li
Dai Li
died in a plane crash, which was suspected to be an assassination orchestrated by Chiang.[78] Though Chiang had achieved status abroad as a world leader, his government deteriorated as the result of corruption and inflation. In his diary on June 1948, Chiang wrote that the KMT
KMT
had failed, not because of external enemies but because of rot from within.[79] The war had severely weakened the Nationalists, while the Communists were strengthened by their popular land-reform policies,[80] and by a rural population that supported and trusted them. The Nationalists initially had superiority in arms and men, but their lack of popularity, infiltration by Communist agents, low morale, and disorganization soon allowed the Communists to gain the upper hand in the civil war. Competition with Li Zongren[edit] A new Constitution was promulgated in 1947, and Chiang was elected by the National Assembly as the first term President of the Republic of China
China
on 20 May 1948. This marked the beginning of what was termed the "democratic constitutional government" period by the KMT
KMT
political orthodoxy, but the Communists refused to recognize the new Constitution, and its government, as legitimate. Chiang resigned as President on 21 January 1949, as KMT
KMT
forces suffered terrible losses and defections to the Communists. After Chiang's resignation the vice-president of the ROC, Li Zongren, became China's acting president. Shortly after Chiang's resignation the Communists halted their advances and attempted to negotiate the virtual surrender of the ROC. Li attempted to negotiate milder terms that would have ended the civil war, but without success. When it became clear that Li was unlikely to accept Mao's terms, the Communists issued an ultimatum in April 1949, warning that they would resume their attacks if Li did not agree within five days. Li refused.[81] Li's attempts to carry out his policies faced varying degrees of opposition from Chiang's supporters, and were generally unsuccessful. Chiang especially antagonized Li by taking possession of (and moving to Taiwan) US$200 million of gold and US dollars belonging to the central government that Li desperately needed to cover the government's soaring expenses. When the Communists captured the Nationalist capital of Nanjing
Nanjing
in April 1949, Li refused to accompany the central government as it fled to Guangdong, instead expressing his dissatisfaction with Chiang by retiring to Guangxi.[82] The former warlord Yan Xishan, who had fled to Nanjing
Nanjing
only one month before, quickly insinuated himself within the Li-Chiang rivalry, attempting to have Li and Chiang reconcile their differences in the effort to resist the Communists. At Chiang's request Yan visited Li in order to convince Li not to withdraw from public life. Yan broke down in tears while talking of the loss of his home province of Shanxi to the Communists, and warned Li that the Nationalist cause was doomed unless Li went to Kwangtung. Li agreed to return under the condition that Chiang surrender most of the gold and US dollars in his possession that belonged to the central government, and that Chiang stop overriding Li's authority. After Yan communicated these demands and Chiang agreed to comply with them, Li departed for Guangdong.[82] In Guangdong, Li attempted to create a new government composed of both Chiang supporters and those opposed to Chiang. Li's first choice of premier was Chu Cheng, a veteran member of the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
who had been virtually driven into exile due to his strong opposition to Chiang. After the Legislative Yuan
Legislative Yuan
rejected Chu, Li was obliged to choose Yan Xishan instead. By this time Yan was well known for his adaptability and Chiang welcomed his appointment.[82] Conflict between Chiang and Li persisted. Although he had agreed to do so as a prerequisite of Li's return, Chiang refused to surrender more than a fraction of the wealth that he had sent to Taiwan. Without being backed by gold or foreign currency, the money issued by Li and Yan quickly declined in value until it became virtually worthless.[83] Although he did not hold a formal executive position in the government, Chiang continued to issue orders to the army, and many officers continued to obey Chiang rather than Li. The inability of Li to coordinate KMT
KMT
military forces led him to put into effect a plan of defense that he had contemplated in 1948. Instead of attempting to defend all of southern China, Li ordered what remained of the Nationalist armies to withdraw to Guangxi
Guangxi
and Guangdong, hoping that he could concentrate all available defenses on this smaller, and more easily defensible, area. The object of Li's strategy was to maintain a foothold on the Chinese mainland in the hope that the United States would eventually be compelled to enter the war in China
China
on the Nationalist side.[83] Final Communist advance[edit] Chiang opposed Li's plan of defense because it would have placed most of the troops still loyal to Chiang under the control of Li and Chiang's other opponents in the central government. To overcome Chiang's intransigence Li began ousting Chiang's supporters within the central government. Yan Xishan
Yan Xishan
continued in his attempts to work with both sides, creating the impression among Li's supporters that he was a "stooge" of Chiang, while those who supported Chiang began to bitterly resent Yan for his willingness to work with Li. Because of the rivalry between Chiang and Li, Chiang refused to allow Nationalist troops loyal to him to aid in the defense of Kwangsi and Canton, with the result that Communist forces occupied Canton in October 1949.[84] After Canton fell to the Communists, Chiang relocated the government to Chungking, while Li effectively surrendered his powers and flew to New York for treatment of his chronic duodenum illness at the Hospital of Columbia University. Li visited the President of the United States, Harry S. Truman, and denounced Chiang as a dictator and an usurper. Li vowed that he would "return to crush" Chiang once he returned to China. Li remained in exile, and did not return to Taiwan.[85] In the early morning of 10 December 1949, Communist troops laid siege to Chengtu, the last KMT-controlled city in mainland China, where Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
and his son Chiang Ching-kuo
Chiang Ching-kuo
directed the defense at the Chengtu Central Military Academy. Chiang Kai-shek, father and son, sang the Republic of China's national anthem while leaving the Academy all the way to the airfield.[citation needed] The aircraft May-ling evacuated them to Taiwan
Taiwan
on the same day. Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
would never return to the mainland. Chiang did not re-assume the presidency until 1 March 1950. On January 1952, Chiang commanded the Control Yuan, now in Taiwan, to impeach Li in the "Case of Li Zongren's Failure to carry out Duties due to Illegal Conduct" (李宗仁違法失職案). Chiang relieved Li of the position as vice-president in the National Assembly on March 1954. On Taiwan[edit] Main articles: Taiwan
Taiwan
after World War II
World War II
and Project National Glory See also: Republic of China
Republic of China
Armed Forces and White Terror (Taiwan) Preparations to retake the mainland[edit] Chiang moved the government to Taipei, Taiwan, where he resumed his duties as President of the Republic of China
President of the Republic of China
on 1 March 1950.[86] Chiang was reelected by the National Assembly to be the President of the Republic of China
Republic of China
(ROC) on 20 May 1954, and again in 1960, 1966, and 1972. He continued to claim sovereignty over all of China, including the territories held by his government and the People's Republic, as well as territory the latter ceded to foreign governments, such as Tuva
Tuva
and Outer Mongolia. In the context of the Cold War, most of the Western world recognized this position and the ROC represented China
China
in the United Nations and other international organizations until the 1970s. During his presidency on Taiwan, Chiang continued making preparations in order to take back mainland China. He developed the ROC army in order to prepare for an invasion of the mainland, and to defend Taiwan in case of an attack by the Communist forces. He also financed armed groups in mainland China, such as Muslim soldiers of the ROC Army left in Yunnan
Yunnan
under Li Mi, who continued to fight. It was not until the 1980s that these troops were finally airlifted to Taiwan.[87] He promoted the Uyghur Yulbars Khan
Yulbars Khan
to Governor during the Islamic insurgency on the mainland for resisting the Communists, even though the government had already evacuated to Taiwan.[88] He planned an invasion of the mainland in 1962.[89] In the 1950s Chiang's airplanes dropped supplies to Kuomintang
Kuomintang
Muslim insurgents in Amdo.[90] Regime[edit] Despite the democratic constitution, the government under Chiang was a one-party state, consisting almost completely of mainlanders; the "Temporary Provisions Effective During the Period of Communist Rebellion" greatly enhanced executive powers, and the goal of retaking mainland China
China
allowed the KMT
KMT
to maintain a monopoly on power and the prohibition of opposition parties. The government's official line for these martial law provisions stemmed from the claim that emergency provisions were necessary, since the Communists and KMT
KMT
were still in a state of war. Seeking to promote Chinese nationalism, Chiang's government actively ignored and suppressed local cultural expression, even forbidding the use of local languages in mass media broadcasts or during class sessions. The first decades after the Nationalists moved the seat of government to the province of Taiwan
Taiwan
are associated with the organized effort to resist Communism
Communism
known as the "White Terror", during which about 140,000 Taiwanese were imprisoned for their real or perceived opposition to the Kuomintang. Most of those prosecuted were labeled by the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
as "bandit spies" (匪諜), meaning spies for Chinese Communists, and punished as such. Under Chiang, the government recognized limited civil and economic freedoms, property rights (personal[citation needed] and intellectual) and other liberties. Despite these restrictions, free debate within the confines of the legislature was permitted. Under the pretext that new elections could not be held in Communist-occupied constituencies, the National Assembly, Legislative Yuan, and Control Yuan
Control Yuan
members held their posts indefinitely. The Temporary Provisions also allowed Chiang to remain as president beyond the two-term limit in the Constitution. He was reelected by the National Assembly as president four times—doing so in 1954, 1960, 1966, and 1972. Believing that corruption and a lack of morals were key reasons that the KMT
KMT
lost mainland China
China
to the Communists, Chiang attempted to purge corruption by dismissing members of the KMT
KMT
accused of graft. Some major figures in the previous mainland Chinese government, such as H. H. Kung
H. H. Kung
and T. V. Soong, exiled themselves to the United States. Though politically authoritarian and, to some extent, dominated by government-owned industries, Chiang's new Taiwanese state also encouraged economic development, especially in the export sector. A popular sweeping Land Reform Act, as well as American foreign aid during the 1950s, laid the foundation for Taiwan's economic success, becoming one of the Four Asian Tigers. After Chiang's death, the next president, Chiang's son, Chiang Ching-kuo, and Chiang Ching-kuo's successor, Lee Teng-hui
Lee Teng-hui
a native Taiwanese, would, in the 1980s and 1990s, increase native Taiwanese representation in the government and loosen the many authoritarian controls of the early era of ROC control in Taiwan. Relationship with Japan[edit] In 1971, the Australian Opposition Leader Gough Whitlam, who became Prime Minister in 1972 and swiftly relocated the Australian mission from Taipei
Taipei
to Beijing, visited Japan. After meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister, Eisaku Sato, Whitlam observed that the reason Japan at that time was hesitant to withdraw recognition from the Nationalist government was "the presence of a treaty between the Japanese government and that of Chiang Kai-shek". Sato explained that the continued recognition of Japan towards the Nationalist government
Nationalist government
was due largely to the personal relationship that various members of the Japanese government felt towards Chiang. This relationship was rooted largely in the generous and lenient treatment of Japanese prisoners-of-war by the Nationalist government
Nationalist government
in the years immediately following the Japanese surrender in 1945, and was felt especially strongly as a bond of personal obligation by the most senior members then in power.[91] Although Japan recognized the People's Republic in 1972, shortly after Kakuei Tanaka
Kakuei Tanaka
succeeded Sato as Prime Minister of Japan, the memory of this relationship was strong enough to be reported by The New York Times (15 April 1978) as a significant factor inhibiting trade between Japan and the mainland. There is speculation that a clash between Communist forces and a Japanese warship in 1978 was caused by Chinese anger after Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda
Takeo Fukuda
attended Chiang's funeral. Historically, Japanese attempts to normalize their relationship with the People's Republic were met with accusations of ingratitude in Taiwan.[91] Relationship with the United States[edit] Chiang was suspicious that covert operatives of the United States plotted a coup against him. In 1950, Chiang Ching-kuo
Chiang Ching-kuo
became director of the secret police (Bureau of Investigation and Statistics), which he remained until 1965. Chiang was also suspicious of politicians who were overly friendly to the United States, and considered them his enemies. In 1953, seven days after surviving an assassination attempt, Wu Kuo-chen
Wu Kuo-chen
lost his position as governor of Taiwan Province
Taiwan Province
to Chiang Ching-kuo. After fleeing to United States
United States
the same year, he became a vocal critic of Chiang's family and government.[92] Chiang Ching-kuo, educated in the Soviet Union, initiated Soviet-style military organization in the Republic of China
Republic of China
Military. He reorganized and Sovietized the political officer corps, and propagated Kuomintang
Kuomintang
ideology throughout the military. Sun Li-jen, who was educated at the American Virginia Military Institute, was opposed to this.[93] Chiang Ching-kuo
Chiang Ching-kuo
orchestrated the controversial court-martial and arrest of General Sun Li-jen
Sun Li-jen
in August 1955, for plotting a coup d'état with the American Central Intelligence Agency
Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA) against his father Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
and the Kuomintang. The CIA allegedly wanted to help Sun take control of Taiwan
Taiwan
and declare its independence.[92][94] Death[edit] See also: Cihu Mausoleum In 1975, 26 years after Chiang came to Taiwan, he died in Taipei
Taipei
at the age of 87. He had suffered a heart attack and pneumonia in the foregoing months and died from renal failure aggravated with advanced cardiac malfunction on April 5. A month of mourning was declared. Chinese music composer Hwang Yau-tai wrote the Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
Memorial Song. In mainland China, however, Chiang's death was met with little apparent mourning and Communist state-run newspapers gave the brief headline " Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
Has Died." Chiang's body was put in a copper coffin and temporarily interred at his favorite residence in Cihu, Daxi, Taoyuan. When his son Chiang Ching-kuo
Chiang Ching-kuo
died in 1988, he was entombed in a separate mausoleum in nearby Touliao (頭寮). The hope was to have both buried at their birthplace in Fenghua
Fenghua
if and when it was possible. In 2004, Chiang Fang-liang, the widow of Chiang Ching-kuo, asked that both father and son be buried at Wuzhi Mountain Military Cemetery
Wuzhi Mountain Military Cemetery
in Xizhi, Taipei
Taipei
County (now New Taipei
Taipei
City). Chiang's ultimate funeral ceremony became a political battle between the wishes of the state and the wishes of his family. Chiang was succeeded as President by Vice President Yen Chia-kan
Yen Chia-kan
and as Kuomintang
Kuomintang
party ruler by his son Chiang Ching-kuo, who retired Chiang Kai-shek's title of Director-General and instead assumed the position of Chairman. Yen's presidency was interim; Chiang Ching-kuo, who was the Premier, became President after Yen's term ended three years later.

Memorial Hall and Square in Taipei.

Cult of personality[edit]

Chiang's portrait in Tiananmen
Tiananmen
Rostrum

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Chiang's portrait hung over Tiananmen
Tiananmen
Square before Mao's portrait was set up in its place.[95] People also put portraits of Chiang in their homes and in public on the streets.[96][97][98] Chiang was popular among many people and dressed in plain, simple clothes, unlike contemporary Chinese warlords who dressed extravagantly.[99] Quotes from the Quran
Quran
and Hadith
Hadith
were used by Muslims in the Kuomintang-controlled Muslim publication, the Yuehua, to justify Chiang Kai-shek's rule over China.[100] When the Muslim General and Warlord Ma Lin was interviewed, Ma Lin was described as having "high admiration for and unwavering loyalty to Chiang Kai-shek".[101] In the Philippines, a school was named in his honor in 1939. Today, Chiang Kai Shek College is the largest educational institution for the Chinoy community in the country. Philosophy[edit]

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The Kuomintang
Kuomintang
used traditional Chinese religious ceremonies, and promoted Martyrdom in Chinese culture. Kuomintang
Kuomintang
ideology promoted the view that the souls of Party martyrs who died fighting for the Kuomintang, the revolution, and the party founder Dr. Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen
were sent to heaven. Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
believed that these martyrs witnessed events on earth from heaven.[102][103][104][105] When the Northern Expedition
Northern Expedition
was complete, Kuomintang
Kuomintang
Generals led by Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
paid tribute to Dr. Sun's soul in heaven with a sacrificial ceremony at the Xiangshan Temple in Beijing in July 1928. Among the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
Generals present were the Muslim Generals Bai Chongxi and Ma Fuxiang.[106] Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
considered both the Han Chinese
Han Chinese
and all the minority peoples of China, the Five Races Under One Union, as descendants of Yellow Emperor, the Yellow Emperor
Yellow Emperor
and semi mythical founder of the Chinese nation, and belonging to the Chinese Nation Zhonghua Minzu
Zhonghua Minzu
and he introduced this into Kuomintang
Kuomintang
ideology, which was propagated into the educational system of the Republic of China.[107][108][109] Contemporary public perception[edit]

Statue of Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
in Yangmingshan National Park, Taiwan

Chiang's legacy has been the target of heated debates because of the different views held about him. For some, Chiang was a national hero who led the victorious Northern Expedition
Northern Expedition
against the Beiyang Warlords in 1927, achieving Chinese unification, and who subsequently led China
China
to ultimate victory against Japan in 1945. Some blamed him for not doing enough against the Japanese forces in the lead-up to, and during, the Second Sino-Japanese War, preferring to withhold his armies for the fight against the Communists, or merely waiting and hoping that the United States
United States
would get involved. Some also see him as a champion of anti-Communism, being a key figure during the formative years of the World Anti-Communist League. During the Cold War, he was also seen as the leader who led Free China
China
and the bulwark against a possible Communist invasion. However, Chiang presided over purges, political authoritarianism, and graft during his tenure in mainland China, and ruled throughout a period of imposed martial law. His governments were accused of being corrupt even before he even took power in 1928. He also allied with known criminals like Du Yuesheng for political and financial gains. Some opponents charge that Chiang's efforts in developing Taiwan
Taiwan
were mostly to make the island a strong base from which to one day return to mainland China, and that Chiang had little regard for the long-term prosperity and well-being of the Taiwanese people. Today, Chiang's popularity in Taiwan
Taiwan
is divided along political lines, enjoying greater support among Kuomintang
Kuomintang
(KMT) supporters. He is generally unpopular among Democratic Progressive Party
Democratic Progressive Party
(DPP) voters and supporters who blame him for the thousands killed during the February 28 Incident
February 28 Incident
and criticise his subsequent dictatorial rule.[110] In sharp contrast to his son, Chiang Ching-kuo, and to Sun Yat-sen, his memory is rarely invoked by current political parties, including the Kuomintang. In contrast, his image has been rehabilitated in contemporary Mainland China. Until recently portrayed as a villain who fought against the "liberation" of China
China
by the Communists, since the 2000s, he has been portrayed by the media in a neutral or slightly positive light as a Chinese nationalist who tried to bring about national unification and resisted the Japanese invasion during World War II. This shift is largely in response to current political landscape of Taiwan, in relation to Chiang's commitment to a unified China
China
and his stance against Taiwanese separatism during his rule of the island, along with the recent détente between the Communist Party of China
Communist Party of China
(CPC) and Chiang's KMT.[111] In contrast to efforts to remove his public monuments in Taiwan, his ancestral home in Fenghua, Zhejiang
Zhejiang
on the Mainland has become a commemorative museum and major tourist attraction.[112] In the United States
United States
and Europe, Chiang was often perceived negatively as the one who lost China
China
to the Communists. His constant demands for Western support and funding also earned him the nickname of "General Cash-My-Check". In the West he has been criticized for his poor military skills. He had a record of issuing unrealistic orders and persistently attempting to fight unwinnable battles, leading to the loss of his best troops.[113] In recent years, there has been an attempt to find a more moderate interpretation of Chiang. Chiang is now increasingly perceived as a man simply overwhelmed by the events in China, having to fight simultaneously Communists, Japanese, and provincial warlords while having to reconstruct and unify the country. His sincere, albeit often unsuccessful attempts to build a more powerful nation have been noted by scholars such as Jonathan Fenby and Rana Mitter. Mitter has observed that, ironically, today's China
China
is closer to Chiang's vision than to Mao Zedong's. He argues that the Communists, since the 1980s, have essentially created the state envisioned by Chiang in the 1930s. Mitter concludes by writing that "one can imagine Chiang Kai-shek's ghost wandering round China
China
today nodding in approval, while Mao's ghost follows behind him, moaning at the destruction of his vision".[114] Liang Shuming
Liang Shuming
opined that Chiang Kai-shek's "greatest contribution was to make the CCP successful. If he had been a bit more trustworthy, if his character was somewhat better, the CCP would have been unable to beat him".[115] Formosa Betrayed, one of the few American movies concerning the process of democratization in Taiwan, depicts Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
as a brutal dictator, responsible for the execution of thousands of native Taiwanese during the days following the February 28 Incident. Family[edit] Wives[edit]

Mao Fumei
Mao Fumei
(毛福梅, 1882–1939), who died in the Second Sino-Japanese War during a bombardment, is the mother to his son and successor Chiang Ching-kuo

Yao Yecheng
Yao Yecheng
(姚冶誠, 1889–1972), who came to Taiwan
Taiwan
and died in Taipei

Chen Jieru
Chen Jieru
(陳潔如, "Jennie", 1906–1971), who lived in Shanghai, but moved to Hong Kong later and died there

Soong Mei-ling
Soong Mei-ling
(宋美齡, 1898–2003), who moved to the United States after Chiang Kai-shek's death, is arguably his most famous wife even though they had no children together

In an arranged marriage, Chiang was married to a fellow villager named Mao Fumei. While married to Mao, Chiang adopted two concubines (concubinage was still a common practice for well-to-do, non-Christian males in China): he married Yao Yecheng
Yao Yecheng
(姚冶誠, 1889–1972) in 1912 and Chen Jieru
Chen Jieru
(陳潔如, 1906–1971) in December 1921. While he was still living in Shanghai, Chiang and Yao adopted a son, Wei-kuo. Chen adopted a daughter in 1924, named Yaoguang (瑤光), who later adopted her mother's surname. Chen's autobiography refuted the idea that she was a concubine.[116] Chen claiming that, by the time she married Chiang, he had already divorced Yao, and that Chen was therefore his wife. Chiang and Mao had a son, Ching-kuo. According to the memoirs of Chen Jieru, Chiang's second wife, she contracted gonorrhea from Chiang soon after their marriage. He told her that he acquired this disease after separating from his first wife and living with his concubine Yao Yecheng, as well as with many other women he consorted with. His doctor explained to her that Chiang had sex with her before completing his treatment for the disease. As a result, both Chiang and Ch'en Chieh-ju believed they had become sterile, which would explain why he had only one child, by his first wife; however, a purported miscarriage by Soong Mei-ling
Soong Mei-ling
in August 1928 would, if it actually occurred, cast serious doubt on whether this was true.[30][117] Family tree[edit] The Xikou (Chikow) Chiangs were descended from Chiang Shih-chieh who during the 1600s (17th century) moved there from Fenghua
Fenghua
district, whose ancestors in turn came to southeastern China's Zhejiang (Chekiang) province after moving out of Northern China
China
in the 13th century AD. The 12th century BC Duke of Zhou's (Duke of Chou) third son was the ancestors of the Chiangs.[118][119][120][121][122][123] His great grandfather was Chiang Qi-zeng (Jiang Qizeng) 蒋祈增, his grandfather was Chiang Si-qian 蒋斯千, his uncle was Chiang Zhao-hai 蔣肇海, and his father was Chiang Zhao-cong (Jiang Zhaocong) 蔣肇聰.[124][125]

Family of Chiang Kai-shek

Soong May‑ling 宋美齡

Mao Fumei 毛福梅

Chiang Kai‑shek 蔣介石

Yao Yecheng 姚冶誠 (concubine)

Chen Jieru 陳潔如 (concubine)

Faina Chiang Fang‑liang 蔣方良

Chiang Ching‑kuo 蔣經國

Chang Ya‑juo 章亞若 (mistress)

Shih Chin‑i 石靜宜

Chiang Wei‑kuo 蔣緯國 (adopted)

Chiu Ju‑hsüeh 丘如雪

Chen Yao‑kuang 陈瑶光 (adopted)

Alan Chiang Hsiao‑wen 蔣孝文

Amy Chiang Hsiao‑chang 蔣孝章

Alex Chiang Hsiao‑wu 蔣孝武

Eddie Chiang Hsiao‑yung 蔣孝勇

Winston Chang Hsiao‑tzu 章孝慈

John Chiang Hsiao‑yen 蔣孝嚴

Chiang Hsiao‑kang 蔣孝剛

Dashed lines represent marriages. Dotted lines represent adoptions and extra-marital relationships. Solid lines represent descendants.

Religion and relationships with religious communities[edit]

Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
with the Muslim General Ma Fushou

Chiang personally dealt extensively with religions and power figures in China
China
during his regime. Religious views[edit] Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
was a Methodist.[2] Relationship with Muslims[edit] Chiang developed relationships with other generals. Chiang became a sworn brother of the Muslim general Ma Fuxiang
Ma Fuxiang
and appointed him to high ranking positions. Chiang addressed Ma Fuxiang's son Ma Hongkui as Shao Yun Shixiong[126] Ma Fuxiang
Ma Fuxiang
attended national leadership conferences with Chiang during battles against Japan.[127] Ma Hongkui was eventually scapegoated for the failure of the Ningxia
Ningxia
Campaign against the Communists, so he moved to the US instead of remaining in Taiwan
Taiwan
with Chiang. When Chiang became President of China
China
after the Northern Expedition, he carved out Ningxia
Ningxia
and Qinghai
Qinghai
out of Gansu province, and appointed Muslim generals as military governors of all three provinces: Ma Hongkui, Ma Hongbin, and Ma Qi. The three Muslim governors, known as Xibei San Ma
Xibei San Ma
(lit. "the three Mas of the Northwest"), controlled armies composed entirely of Muslims. Chiang called on the three and their suboordinates to wage war against the Soviet peoples, Tibetans, Communists, and the Japanese. Chiang continued to appoint Muslims as governors of the three provinces, including Ma Lin and Ma Fushou. Chiang's appointments, the first time that Muslims had been appointed as governors of Gansu, increased the prestige of Muslim officials in northwestern China. The armies raised by this "Ma Clique", most notably their Muslim cavalry, were incorporated into the KMT
KMT
army. Chiang appointed a Muslim general, Bai Chongxi, as the Minister of National Defence of the Republic of China, which controlled the ROC military. Chiang also supported the Muslim General Ma Zhongying, whom he had trained at Whampoa Military Academy
Whampoa Military Academy
during the Kumul Rebellion, in a Jihad
Jihad
against Jin Shuren, Sheng Shicai, and the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
during the Soviet Invasion of Xinjiang. Chiang designated Ma's Muslim army as the 36th Division (National Revolutionary Army)
36th Division (National Revolutionary Army)
and gave his troops Kuomintang
Kuomintang
flags and uniforms. Chiang then supported Muslim General Ma Hushan against Sheng Shicai
Sheng Shicai
and the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
in the Xinjiang
Xinjiang
War (1937). All Muslim generals commissioned by Chiang in the National Revolutionary Army swore allegiance to him. Several, like Ma Shaowu and Ma Hushan were loyal to Chiang and Kuomintang
Kuomintang
hardliners. The Ili Rebellion and Pei-ta-shan Incident
Pei-ta-shan Incident
plagued relations with the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
during Chiang's rule and caused trouble with the Uyghurs. During the Ili Rebellion and Peitashan incident, Chiang deployed Hui troops against Uyghur mobs in Turfan, and against Soviet Russian and Mongols at Peitashan. During Chiang's rule, attacks on foreigners by Kuomintang
Kuomintang
forces flared up in several incidents. One of these was the Battle of Kashgar (1934) where a Muslim army loyal to the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
massacred 4,500 Uyghurs, and killed several British at the British consulate in Kashgar. The British were unable to retaliate. Hu Songshan, a Muslim Imam, backed Chiang Kai-shek's regime and gave prayers for his government. ROC flags were saluted by Muslims in Ningxia
Ningxia
during prayer along with exhortations to nationalism during Chiang's rule. Chiang sent Muslim students abroad to study at places like Al Azhar
Al Azhar
and Muslim schools throughout China
China
taught loyalty to his regime. The Yuehua, a Chinese Muslim publication, quoted the Quran
Quran
and Hadith to justify submitting to Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
as the leader of China, and as justification for Jihad
Jihad
in the war against Japan.[128] The Yihewani (Ikhwan al Muslimun a.k.a. Muslim brotherhood) was the predominant Muslim sect backed by the Chiang government during Chiang's regime. Other Muslim sects, like the Xidaotang
Xidaotang
and Sufi brotherhoods like Jahriyya and Khuffiya were also supported by his regime. The Chinese Muslim Association, a pro- Kuomintang
Kuomintang
and anti-Communist organization, was set up by Muslims working in his regime. Salafism
Salafism
attempted to gain a foothold in China
China
during his regime, but the Yihewani and Hanafi Sunni Gedimu
Gedimu
denounced the Salafis as radicals, engaged in fights against them, and declared them heretics, forcing the Salafis to form a separate sect.[129][130][131][132] Ma Ching-chiang, a Muslim General, served as an advisor to Chiang Kai-shek. Ma Buqing
Ma Buqing
was another Muslim General who fled to Taiwan
Taiwan
along with Chiang. His government donated money to build the Taipei
Taipei
Grand Mosque on Taiwan.[133] Relationship with Buddhists and Christians[edit] Chiang had uneasy relations with the Tibetans. He fought against them in the Sino-Tibetan War, and he supported the Muslim General Ma Bufang in his war against Tibetan rebels in Qinghai. Chiang ordered Ma Bufang to prepare his Islamic army to invade Tibet
Tibet
several times, to deter Tibetan independence, and threatened them with aerial bombardment.[citation needed] After the war, Chiang appointed Ma Bufang as ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Chiang incorporated Methodist
Methodist
values into the New Life Movement
New Life Movement
under the influence of his wife. Dancing and Western music were discouraged. In one incident, several youths splashed acid on people wearing Western clothing, although Chiang was not directly responsible for these incidents. Despite being a Methodist, he made reference to the Buddha
Buddha
in his diary, and encouraged the establishment of a Buddhist political party under Master Taixu. According to Jehovah's Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses
some of their members travelled to Chonqqing
Chonqqing
and spoke to him personally while distributing their literature there during the Second World War.[134] Honours[edit]

Republic of China
Republic of China
national honours

Order of National Glory Order of Blue Sky and White Sun, 1st class Order of the Sacred Tripod Order of Brilliant Jade Order of Propitious Clouds Order of the Cloud and Banner Order of Brilliant Star Honour Sabre of the Awakened Lion

Foreign honours

 Dominican Republic:

Order of Merit of Duarte, Sánchez and Mella
Order of Merit of Duarte, Sánchez and Mella
(January 1940) Order of Christopher Columbus
Order of Christopher Columbus
(July 1948) Grand Cross of Order of Christopher Columbus
Order of Christopher Columbus
(October 1971)

 Philippines:

Chief Commander of the Philippine Legion of Honor
Philippine Legion of Honor
(1949)[135] Grand Collar of the Ancient Order of Sikatuna
Order of Sikatuna
(2 May 1960)[136]

 United States:

Chief Commander of the Legion of Merit
Legion of Merit
(9 July 1943)[137] Distinguished Service Medal (U.S. Army)
Distinguished Service Medal (U.S. Army)
(March 1946)

 South Korea: Order of Merit for National Foundation
Order of Merit for National Foundation
(27 November 1953)  Thailand: Order of the Rajamitrabhorn (5 June 1963)  Colombia: Order of Boyaca
Order of Boyaca
(October, 1963)  United Kingdom: Order of Bath
Order of Bath
(1941)  Peru: Order of the Sun of Peru
Peru
(October 1944)  Czechoslovakia: Order of the White Lion
Order of the White Lion
(30 May 1945)  France: Legion of Honour
Legion of Honour
(9 January 1945)  Chile: Order of Merit (Chile)
Order of Merit (Chile)
(29 January 1944)  Mexico: Order of the Aztec Eagle
Order of the Aztec Eagle
(April 1945)  Kingdom of Greece: Order of the Redeemer (22 March 1957)  Jordan: Supreme Order of the Renaissance
Supreme Order of the Renaissance
(9 March 1959)  Brazil: Order of the Southern Cross (1944)  Italy: Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus
Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus
(April 1948)  Sweden: Royal Order of the Seraphim
Royal Order of the Seraphim
(4 June 1948)  Spanish Republic: Order of Isabella the Catholic
Order of Isabella the Catholic
(May 1936)  Venezuela: Order of the Liberator
Order of the Liberator
(July 1954)  South Vietnam: Kim Khanh Medal (January 1960)  Belgium: Order of Leopold (Belgium)
Order of Leopold (Belgium)
(4 June 1946)  Malawi: Order of the Lion (Malawi)(5 August 1967)  Bolivia: Order of the Condor of the Andes
Order of the Condor of the Andes
(March 1966)  Gambia: Order of the Republic of The Gambia
The Gambia
(November 1972)  Argentina: Order of the Liberator
Order of the Liberator
General San Martín (October 1960)  Guatemala: Order of the Quetzal
Order of the Quetzal
(7 December 1956)  Nicaragua:

National Order of Miguel Larreynaga (November 1974) Order of Ruben Dario(October 1958)

 Panama: Order of Vasco Núñez de Balboa
Order of Vasco Núñez de Balboa
(February 1960)  Paraguay: Collar of Marshal Francisco Solano Lopez Grade of National Order of Merit (Paraguay) (May 1962)

See also[edit]

Biography portal Taiwan
Taiwan
portal China
China
portal World War II
World War II
portal Cold War
Cold War
portal

Chekiang Province, Republic of China Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
Memorial Hall Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
Memorial Song Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
statues Cihu Mausoleum Claire Lee Chennault Flying Tigers Free area of the Republic of China Guesthouses of Chiang Kai-shek History of the Republic of China Republic of China
Republic of China
Armed Forces Politics of the Republic of China Republic of China
Republic of China
(1912–1949) Shilin Official Residence Sino-German cooperation until 1941

Gallery[edit] See also: Timeline of Jiang Jieshi

Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
at the Baoding Military Academy in 1907

Chen Qimei, Chiang's Zhejiangese mentor, who introduced him to the Tongmenghui, but was assassinated at Yuan Shikai's behest in 1916

The SS Yongfeng (later Zhongshan), where Chiang watched after Sun Yat-sen for two months in 1923 and which was later responsible for the 1926 Canton Coup
Canton Coup
that propelled Chiang to leadership of the KMT

Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen
and Chiang at the 1924 opening ceremonies for the Soviet-funded Whampoa Military Academy

Chiang with Wang Jingwei, with whom he vied for control of the KMT following Sun Yat-sen's death

Chiang with Mikhail Borodin, a prominent Soviet advisor to the KMT
KMT
and its NRA

Chiang with Sun's widow and her family in 1929

Chiang with Inukai Tsuyoshi
Inukai Tsuyoshi
and Pan-Asianist Tōyama Mitsuru
Tōyama Mitsuru
in Japan, 1929

Chiang, leading the Northern Expedition
Northern Expedition
in 1926, on the cover of a 1933 issue of Time

Chiang on the cover of Liangyou after the outbreak of the Battle of Shanghai

Chiang and his wife Soong Mei-ling
Soong Mei-ling
with American general Joseph Stilwell in Burma in 1942

Chiang, American president Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
and British prime minister Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
at the 1943 Cairo Conference

Chiang and Li Zongren

Chiang's May 20 inauguration speech as the first president of the Republic of China
Republic of China
under the 1948 constitution

A rock carving at Kinmen
Kinmen
in Chiang's hand, reading "Forget Not that You are in Ju", intended as a commentary on the Chinese republic's position relative to mainland China, which alludes to Qi's successful reconquest of its land despite having been forced into the single city of Ju by Yan during China's Warring States period

Chiang with American president Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
in June 1960

Chiang presiding over the 1966 Double Ten celebrations

Chiang's body was not buried in the traditional Chinese manner, but entombed at his former residence in Cihu out of respect for his wish to be buried in his native Fenghua

The entrance to Chiang's tomb at Cihu reads "The Mausoleum of the President Lord Chiang", using Chiang's official posthumous name in traditional characters and orthography

The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
in Taipei
Taipei
on Taiwan

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Further reading[edit]

Ch'en Chieh-ju. 1993. Chiang Kai-shek's Secret Past: The Memoirs of His Second Wife. Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-1825-4 Crozier, Brian. 2009. The Man Who Lost China. ISBN 0-684-14686-X Fairbank, John King, and Denis Twitchett, eds. 1983. The Cambridge History of China: Volume 12, Republican China, 1912–1949, Part 1. ISBN 0-521-23541-3 Fenby, Jonathan. 2003. Generalissimo
Generalissimo
Chiang Kai-Shek and the China
China
He Lost. The Free Press, ISBN 0-7432-3144-9 Li, Laura Tyson. 2006. Madame Chiang Kai-shek: China's Eternal First Lady. Grove Press. ISBN 0-8021-4322-9 May, Ernest R. 2002. "1947–48: When Marshall Kept the U.S. out of War in China." Journal of Military History 66(4): 1001–1010. ISSN 0899-3718 Fulltext: in Swetswise and Jstor Pakula, Hannah, The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-Shek and the Birth of Modern China
China
(London, Weidenfeld, 2009). ISBN 978-0-297-85975-8 Romanus, Charles F., and Riley Sunderland. 1959. Time Runs Out in CBI. Official U.S. Army history online edition Sainsbury, Keith. 1985. The Turning Point: Roosevelt, Stalin, Churchill, and Chiang-Kai-Shek, 1943. The Moscow, Cairo, and Teheran Conferences. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-285172-1 Seagrave, Sterling. 1996. The Soong Dynasty. Corgi Books. ISBN 0-552-14108-9 Stueck, William. 1984. The Wedemeyer Mission: American Politics and Foreign Policy during the Cold War. University of Georgia Press. ISBN 0-8203-0717-3 Tang Tsou. 1963. America's Failure in China, 1941–50. University of California Press. ISBN 0-226-81516-1 Taylor, Jay. 2009. The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
and the Struggle for Modern China. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts ISBN 978-0-674-03338-2 Tuchman, Barbara W. 1971. Stillwell and the American Experience in China, 1911–45. ISBN 0-8021-3852-7 van de Ven, Hans, et al. eds. Negotiating China's Destiny in World War II (Stanford University Press, 2014). 336 pp. online review

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Political offices

Preceded by Tan Yankai Chairman of the National Government of China 1928–1931 Succeeded by Lin Sen

Preceded by T. V. Soong Premier of the Republic of China 1930–1931 Succeeded by Chen Mingshu

Preceded by none Chairman of the National Military Council 1932–1946 Succeeded by none

Preceded by Wang Jingwei Premier of the Republic of China 1935–1938 Succeeded by H. H. Kung

Preceded by Hsiang-hsi Kung Premier of the Republic of China 1939–1945 Succeeded by T. V. Soong

Preceded by Lin Sen Chairman of the National Government of China 1943–1948 Succeeded by Himself As President of the Republic of China

Preceded by T. V. Soong Premier of the Republic of China 1947 Succeeded by Zhang Qun

Preceded by Himself As Chairman of the National Government of China President of the Republic of China 1948–1975 Li Zongren
Li Zongren
(Acting) January 21, 1949 to March 1, 1950 Succeeded by Yen Chia-kan
Yen Chia-kan
(ROC) Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong
(PRC)

Party political offices

Preceded by Zhang Renjie Chairman of the Central Executive Committee of the Kuomintang 1926–1927 Succeeded by Woo Tsin-hang
Woo Tsin-hang
and Li Yuying

Preceded by Hu Hanmin Chairman of the Central Executive Committee of the Kuomintang 1936–1938 Succeeded by Himself as Director General of the Kuomintang

Preceded by Himself as Chairman of the Kuomintang Director-General of the Kuomintang 1938–1975 Succeeded by Chiang Ching-kuo As Chairman of the Kuomintang

Military offices

Preceded by Office created Commander-in-chief
Commander-in-chief
of the National Revolutionary Army 1925–1947 Succeeded by Office abolished

Academic offices

Preceded by Office created Commandant of the Whampoa Military Academy 1924–1947 Succeeded by Guan Linzheng

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Presidents of the Republic of China

Italics indicates acting President

Provisional government (1912–1913)

Sun Yat-sen Yuan Shikai

Beiyang government (1913–1928)

Yuan Shikai Li Yuanhong Feng Guozhang Xu Shichang Zhou Ziqi Li Yuanhong Gao Lingwei Cao Kun Huang Fu Duan Qirui Hu Weide Yan Huiqing Du Xigui Gu Weijun Zhang Zuolin

Nationalist government (1928–1948)

Tan Yankai Chiang Kai-shek Lin Sen Chiang Kai-shek

Constitutional government (since 1948)

Chiang Kai-shek Li Zongren Yan Xishan Chiang Kai-shek Yen Chia-kan Chiang Ching-kuo Lee Teng-hui Chen Shui-bian Ma Ying-jeou Tsai Ing-wen

Xia → Shang → Zhou → Qin → Han → 3 Kingdoms → Jìn / 16 Kingdoms → S. Dynasties / N. Dynasties → Sui → Tang → 5 Dynasties & 10 Kingdoms → Liao / Song / W. Xia / Jīn → Yuan → Ming → Qing → ROC / PRC

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Heads of government of the Republic of China

Premiers of Cabinet

Tang Shaoyi Lou Tseng-Tsiang Zhao Bingjun Duan Qirui* Xiong Xiling Sun Baoqi*

Secretaries of State

Xu Shichang Lou Tseng-Tsiang*

Premiers of State Council

Duan Qirui Wu Tingfang* Li Jingxi

Prime Minister of the Great Qing

Zhang Xun
Zhang Xun
(under restored Qing dynasty)

Premiers of State Council

Duan Qirui Wang Daxie* Wang Shizhen* Qian Nengxun* Gong Xinzhan* Jin Yunpeng Sa Zhenbing Yan Huiqing* Liang Shiyi Zhou Ziqi* Wang Chonghui* Wang Zhengting* Zhang Shaozeng Gao Lingwei Sun Baoqi Vi Kyuin Wellington Koo* Huang Fu* Xu Shiying Jia Deyao* Hu Weide* Du Xigui* Pan Fu

Presidents of Executive Yuan (Mainland China)

Tan Yankai T. V. Soong Chiang Kai-shek Chen Mingshu Sun Fo Wang Jingwei H. H. Kung Chang Ch'ün Weng Wenhao Sun Fo He Yingqin

Presidents of Executive Yuan (Taiwan)

Yan Xishan Chen Cheng Yu Hung-Chun Yen Chia-kan Chiang Ching-kuo Sun Yun-suan Yu Kuo-hwa Lee Huan Hau Pei-tsun Lien Chan Vincent Siew Tang Fei Chang Chun-hsiung Yu Shyi-kun Frank Hsieh Su Tseng-chang Liu Chao-shiuan Wu Den-yih Sean Chen Jiang Yi-huah Mao Chi-kuo Chang San-cheng Lin Chuan William Lai

*acting

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Leaders of the Kuomintang

Song Jiaoren Sun Yat-sen Zhang Renjie Hu Hanmin Wang Jingwei Chiang Kai-shek Chiang Ching-kuo Lee Teng-hui Lien Chan Ma Ying-jeou Wu Po-hsiung
Wu Po-hsiung
(acting) Chiang Pin-kung
Chiang Pin-kung
(acting) Wu Po-hsiung Ma Ying-jeou Wu Den-yih
Wu Den-yih
(acting) Eric Chu Huang Min-hui
Huang Min-hui
(acting) Hung Hsiu-chu Lin Junq-tzer
Lin Junq-tzer
(acting) Wu Den-yih

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Warlord Era

1915–1922 1923–1932 Northern factions Southern factions

1915 Twenty-One Demands

1915–1916 Empire of China
China
(Yuan Shikai) National Protection War

1916 Death of Yuan Shikai

1917 Manchu Restoration

1917–1922 Constitutional Protection Movement

1918–1920 Siberian Intervention

1919 Paris Peace Conference May Fourth Movement

1919–1921 Occupation of Outer Mongolia

1920 Zhili–Anhui War

1920–1921 Guangdong– Guangxi
Guangxi
War

1921 1st National CPC Congress

1922 First Zhili–Fengtian War

1923–1927 First United Front

1924 Second Zhili–Fengtian War Beijing Coup

1925 Yunnan– Guangxi
Guangxi
War May Thirtieth Movement

1925–1926 Anti-Fengtian War

1926 Zhongshan Warship Incident

1926–1928 Northern Expedition

1928 Jinan Incident Huánggūtun Incident Looting of the Eastern Mausoleum Flag Replacement of the Northeast

1929 Warlord Rebellion in northeastern Shandong Sino-Soviet conflict

1930 Central Plains War

1932 Han–Liu War

Beiyang Army

Yuan Shikai Anhui Zhili Communications Research

Regional

Fengtian (Zhili) Shanxi Guominjun Ma Xinjiang

Yunnan Old Guangxi New Guangxi Guangdong
Guangdong
(Chen Jitang) Kuomintang
Kuomintang
(KMT) Communist Party (CPC) Sichuan

Republic of China
Republic of China
(1912–1949)

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Chinese Civil War

Principal belligerents and campaigns

Nationalist Party /   Republic of China
Republic of China
( National Revolutionary Army → Republic of China
Republic of China
Armed Forces)

Communist Party /  People's Republic of China
Republic of China
( Red Army → 8th Route Army, N4A, etc. → People's Liberation Army)

Pre-1945 Post-1945 Current issues

1924 First United Front

1927 Shanghai massacre Nanchang uprising Autumn Harvest Uprising Guangzhou
Guangzhou
Uprising

1929 Sino-Soviet conflict

1930–1934 Encirclement Campaigns

1931–1934 Chinese Soviet Republic

1933–1934 Fujian People's Government

1934–1936 Long March

1936 Xi'an
Xi'an
Incident

1937–1946 Second United Front

1945 Chongqing
Chongqing
Negotiations

1945 Double Tenth Agreement

1946 Jiaochangkou Incident

1945–1949 Operation Beleaguer

1946–1949 Revolution

1948 SS Kiangya
SS Kiangya
Incident

1948 Liaoshen Campaign

1948–1949 Huaihai Campaign

1948–1949 Pingjin Campaign

1949 Taiping Steamer Incident

1949 Yangtze River Crossing Campaign

1950–1958 Kuomintang
Kuomintang
Islamic insurgency

1950 Hainan Island Campaign

1950 Wanshan Archipelago Campaign

1950 Battle of Chamdo

1951 Incorporation of Tibet

1955 First Taiwan
Taiwan
Strait Crisis

1958 Second Taiwan
Taiwan
Strait Crisis (Jinmen Crisis)

1960–1961 China–Burma border

1996 Third Taiwan
Taiwan
Strait Crisis

2005–present Pan-Blue visits

Political status of Taiwan Tibetan Government-in-Exile Chinese unification Hong Kong independence
Hong Kong independence
movement Inner Mongolian independence movement Manchurian independence movement Taiwan
Taiwan
independence movement Tibetan independence
Tibetan independence
movement East Turkestan independence movement Cross-Strait relations

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Cold War

USA USSR ANZUS NATO Non-Aligned Movement SEATO Warsaw Pact Cold War
Cold War
II

1940s

Morgenthau Plan Hukbalahap Rebellion Dekemvriana Percentages Agreement Yalta Conference Guerrilla war in the Baltic states

Forest Brothers Operation Priboi Operation Jungle Occupation of the Baltic states

Cursed soldiers Operation Unthinkable Operation Downfall Potsdam Conference Gouzenko Affair Division of Korea Operation Masterdom Operation Beleaguer Operation Blacklist Forty Iran crisis of 1946 Greek Civil War Baruch Plan Corfu Channel incident Turkish Straits crisis Restatement of Policy on Germany First Indochina War Truman Doctrine Asian Relations Conference May 1947 Crises Marshall Plan Comecon 1948 Czechoslovak coup d'état Tito– Stalin
Stalin
Split Berlin Blockade Western betrayal Iron Curtain Eastern Bloc Western Bloc Chinese Civil War
Chinese Civil War
(Second round) Malayan Emergency Albanian Subversion

1950s

Papua conflict Bamboo Curtain Korean War McCarthyism Egyptian Revolution of 1952 1953 Iranian coup d'état Uprising of 1953 in East Germany Dirty War
Dirty War
(Mexico) Bricker Amendment 1954 Guatemalan coup d'état Partition of Vietnam Vietnam War First Taiwan
Taiwan
Strait Crisis Geneva Summit (1955) Bandung Conference Poznań 1956 protests Hungarian Revolution of 1956 Suez Crisis "We will bury you" Operation Gladio Arab Cold War

Syrian Crisis of 1957 1958 Lebanon crisis Iraqi 14 July Revolution

Sputnik crisis Second Taiwan
Taiwan
Strait Crisis 1959 Tibetan uprising Cuban Revolution Kitchen Debate Sino-Soviet split

1960s

Congo Crisis 1960 U-2 incident Bay of Pigs Invasion 1960 Turkish coup d'état Soviet–Albanian split Berlin Crisis of 1961 Berlin Wall Portuguese Colonial War

Angolan War of Independence Guinea-Bissau War of Independence Mozambican War of Independence

Cuban Missile Crisis Sino-Indian War Communist insurgency in Sarawak Iraqi Ramadan Revolution Eritrean War of Independence Sand War North Yemen Civil War Aden Emergency 1963 Syrian coup d'état Vietnam War Shifta War Guatemalan Civil War Colombian conflict Nicaraguan Revolution 1964 Brazilian coup d'état Dominican Civil War South African Border War Transition to the New Order Domino theory ASEAN Declaration Laotian Civil War 1966 Syrian coup d'état Argentine Revolution Korean DMZ conflict Greek military junta of 1967–74 Years of Lead (Italy) USS Pueblo incident Six-Day War War of Attrition Dhofar Rebellion Al-Wadiah War Protests of 1968 French May Tlatelolco massacre Cultural Revolution Prague Spring 1968 Polish political crisis Communist insurgency in Malaysia Invasion of Czechoslovakia Iraqi Ba'athist Revolution Goulash Communism Sino-Soviet border conflict CPP–NPA–NDF rebellion Corrective Move

1970s

Détente Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Black September
Black September
in Jordan Corrective Movement (Syria) Cambodian Civil War Koza riot Realpolitik Ping-pong diplomacy Ugandan-Tanzanian War 1971 Turkish military memorandum Corrective Revolution (Egypt) Four Power Agreement on Berlin Bangladesh Liberation War 1972 Nixon visit to China North Yemen-South Yemen Border conflict of 1972 Yemenite War of 1972 NDF Rebellion Eritrean Civil Wars 1973 Chilean coup d'état Yom Kippur War 1973 oil crisis Carnation Revolution Spanish transition Metapolitefsi Strategic Arms Limitation Talks Rhodesian Bush War Angolan Civil War Mozambican Civil War Oromo conflict Ogaden War Ethiopian Civil War Lebanese Civil War Sino-Albanian split Cambodian–Vietnamese War Sino-Vietnamese War Operation Condor Dirty War
Dirty War
(Argentina) 1976 Argentine coup d'état Korean Air Lines Flight 902 Yemenite War of 1979 Grand Mosque seizure Iranian Revolution Saur Revolution New Jewel Movement 1979 Herat uprising Seven Days to the River Rhine Struggle against political abuse of psychiatry in the Soviet Union

1980s

Soviet–Afghan War 1980 and 1984 Summer Olympics boycotts 1980 Turkish coup d'état Peruvian conflict Casamance conflict Ugandan Bush War Lord's Resistance Army insurgency Eritrean Civil Wars 1982 Ethiopian–Somali Border War Ndogboyosoi War United States
United States
invasion of Grenada Able Archer 83 Star Wars Iran–Iraq War Somali Rebellion 1986 Black Sea incident 1988 Black Sea bumping incident South Yemen Civil War Bougainville Civil War 8888 Uprising Solidarity

Soviet reaction

Contras Central American crisis RYAN Korean Air Lines Flight 007 People Power Revolution Glasnost Perestroika Nagorno-Karabakh War Afghan Civil War United States
United States
invasion of Panama 1988 Polish strikes Tiananmen
Tiananmen
Square protests of 1989 Revolutions of 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall Velvet Revolution Romanian Revolution Peaceful Revolution Die Wende

1990s

Mongolian Revolution of 1990 German reunification Yemeni unification Fall of communism in Albania Breakup of Yugoslavia Dissolution of the Soviet Union Dissolution of Czechoslovakia

Frozen conflicts

Abkhazia China-Taiwan Korea Nagorno-Karabakh South Ossetia Transnistria Sino-Indian border dispute North Borneo dispute

Foreign policy

Truman Doctrine Containment Eisenhower Doctrine Domino theory Hallstein Doctrine Kennedy Doctrine Peaceful coexistence Ostpolitik Johnson Doctrine Brezhnev Doctrine Nixon Doctrine Ulbricht Doctrine Carter Doctrine Reagan Doctrine Rollback Sovereignty of Puerto Rico during the Cold War

Ideologies

Capitalism

Chicago school Keynesianism Monetarism Neoclassical economics Reaganomics Supply-side economics Thatcherism

Communism

Marxism–Leninism Castroism Eurocommunism Guevarism Hoxhaism Juche Maoism Trotskyism Naxalism Stalinism Titoism

Other

Fascism Islamism Liberal democracy Social democracy Third-Worldism White supremacy Apartheid

Organizations

ASEAN CIA Comecon EEC KGB MI6 Non-Aligned Movement SAARC Safari Club Stasi

Propaganda

Active measures Crusade for Freedom Izvestia Pravda Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Red Scare TASS Voice of America Voice of Russia

Races

Arms race Nuclear arms race Space Race

See also

Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War Soviet espionage in the United States Soviet Union– United States
United States
relations USSR–USA summits Russian espionage in the United States American espionage in the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and Russian Federation Russia– NATO
NATO
relations Brinkmanship CIA and the Cultural Cold War Cold War
Cold War
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Time Persons of the Year

1927–1950

Charles Lindbergh
Charles Lindbergh
(1927) Walter Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
(1928) Owen D. Young
Owen D. Young
(1929) Mohandas Gandhi (1930) Pierre Laval
Pierre Laval
(1931) Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
(1932) Hugh S. Johnson
Hugh S. Johnson
(1933) Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
(1934) Haile Selassie
Haile Selassie
(1935) Wallis Simpson
Wallis Simpson
(1936) Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
/ Soong Mei-ling
Soong Mei-ling
(1937) Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
(1938) Joseph Stalin
Stalin
(1939) Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
(1940) Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
(1941) Joseph Stalin
Stalin
(1942) George Marshall
George Marshall
(1943) Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
(1944) Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman
(1945) James F. Byrnes
James F. Byrnes
(1946) George Marshall
George Marshall
(1947) Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman
(1948) Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
(1949) The American Fighting-Man (1950)

1951–1975

Mohammed Mosaddeq (1951) Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
(1952) Konrad Adenauer
Konrad Adenauer
(1953) John Foster Dulles
John Foster Dulles
(1954) Harlow Curtice
Harlow Curtice
(1955) Hungarian Freedom Fighters (1956) Nikita Khrushchev
Nikita Khrushchev
(1957) Charles de Gaulle
Charles de Gaulle
(1958) Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
(1959) U.S. Scientists: George Beadle / Charles Draper / John Enders / Donald A. Glaser / Joshua Lederberg
Joshua Lederberg
/ Willard Libby
Willard Libby
/ Linus Pauling
Linus Pauling
/ Edward Purcell / Isidor Rabi / Emilio Segrè
Emilio Segrè
/ William Shockley
William Shockley
/ Edward Teller / Charles Townes / James Van Allen
James Van Allen
/ Robert Woodward (1960) John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
(1961) Pope John XXIII
Pope John XXIII
(1962) Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
(1963) Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson
(1964) William Westmoreland
William Westmoreland
(1965) The Generation Twenty-Five and Under (1966) Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson
(1967) The Apollo 8
Apollo 8
Astronauts: William Anders
William Anders
/ Frank Borman
Frank Borman
/ Jim Lovell (1968) The Middle Americans (1969) Willy Brandt
Willy Brandt
(1970) Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
(1971) Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger
/ Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
(1972) John Sirica
John Sirica
(1973) King Faisal (1974) American Women: Susan Brownmiller / Kathleen Byerly
Kathleen Byerly
/ Alison Cheek / Jill Conway / Betty Ford
Betty Ford
/ Ella Grasso / Carla Hills / Barbara Jordan / Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Susie Sharp / Carol Sutton / Addie Wyatt (1975)

1976–2000

Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
(1976) Anwar Sadat
Anwar Sadat
(1977) Deng Xiaoping
Deng Xiaoping
(1978) Ayatollah Khomeini (1979) Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
(1980) Lech Wałęsa
Lech Wałęsa
(1981) The Computer (1982) Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
/ Yuri Andropov
Yuri Andropov
(1983) Peter Ueberroth
Peter Ueberroth
(1984) Deng Xiaoping
Deng Xiaoping
(1985) Corazon Aquino
Corazon Aquino
(1986) Mikhail Gorbachev
Mikhail Gorbachev
(1987) The Endangered Earth (1988) Mikhail Gorbachev
Mikhail Gorbachev
(1989) George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
(1990) Ted Turner
Ted Turner
(1991) Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
(1992) The Peacemakers: Yasser Arafat
Yasser Arafat
/ F. W. de Klerk
F. W. de Klerk
/ Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
/ Yitzhak Rabin
Yitzhak Rabin
(1993) Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II
(1994) Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich
(1995) David Ho
David Ho
(1996) Andrew Grove
Andrew Grove
(1997) Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
/ Ken Starr
Ken Starr
(1998) Jeffrey P. Bezos (1999) George W. Bush
George W. Bush
(2000)

2001–present

Rudolph Giuliani (2001) The Whistleblowers: Cynthia Cooper / Coleen Rowley
Coleen Rowley
/ Sherron Watkins (2002) The American Soldier (2003) George W. Bush
George W. Bush
(2004) The Good Samaritans: Bono
Bono
/ Bill Gates
Bill Gates
/ Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates
(2005) You (2006) Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin
(2007) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
(2008) Ben Bernanke
Ben Bernanke
(2009) Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg
(2010) The Protester (2011) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
(2012) Pope Francis
Pope Francis
(2013) Ebola Fighters: Dr. Jerry Brown / Dr. Kent Brantly
Kent Brantly
/ Ella Watson-Stryker / Foday Gollah / Salome Karwah
Salome Karwah
(2014) Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel
(2015) Donald Trump
Donald Trump
(2016) The Silence Breakers (2017)

Book

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Chief Commander (Punong Komandante)

Emilio Aguinaldo Hassanal Bolkiah Chiang Kai-shek Dwight D. Eisenhower Leonardo Espina Francisco Franco José P. Laurel Douglas MacArthur Ferdinand Marcos Imelda Marcos Sergio Osmeña Jesse Robredo Chino Roces Franklin D. Roosevelt Jaime Sin Achmad Sukarno Lorenzo Tañada Maxwell D. Taylor Claudio Teehankee

Grand Commander (Marangal na Komandante)

Gilbert Teodoro Emilio Yap Fernando Zóbel de Ayala Jaime Zóbel de Ayala Jaime Augusto Zóbel de Ayala II

Grand Officer (Marangal na Pinuno)

Teodoro Locsin Jr.

Commander (Komandante)

Benigno Aquino Jr. Eulogio Balao Alfredo Montelibano Sr.

Officer (Pinuno)

Benigno Aquino Jr. Manny Pacquiao

Legionnaire (Lehiyonaryo)

Escuadrón 201 Teddy Boy Locsin Edith Nourse Rogers Richard Sakakida

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