Chiang Kai-shek statues

Chiang Kai-Shek Statues

Chiang Kai-shek statues

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A Chiang Kai-shek statue (蔣公銅像) are statues of the late Republic of China (ROC) President Chiang Kai-shek. They are found almost everywhere in Taiwan, from parks to schools to military bases, and are usually made of an bronze alloy, although it varies from location to location.Taylor, Jeremy E., (2006). . The China Quarterly, 185, 96-110. <!-- Not on point to most of the above sentence, but someone requested a cite re: that the statues were generally bronze.-->

History

President Chiang Kai-shek led the Republic of China and the Kuomintang (KMT). Once controlling all of China, he lost Mainland China to the Chinese Communists following the temporary cessation of the Chinese Civil War. He retreated to Taiwan with the ROC government and vowed to one day re-take the Mainland.

Partial removal

In February 2007, the Republic of China government, under the Taiwan independence-minded DPP Chen Shui-bian administration, decided to remove these statues from military premises. The ruling Democratic Progressive Party claimed that they represented Chiang Kai-shek's authoritarian rule and were not in-line with a representative democracy. Opposition party Kuomintang (KMT), on the other hand, opposed the removal of the statues, claiming that the DPP was attempting to cut off Taiwan's Chinese heritage, and distort history. On 2007-03-10, the KMT expelled Defense Minister Lee Jye from the party for...
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