Why Did Chiang Kai-shek Lose China? The Guomindang Regime And The Victory Of The Chinese Communist Party

“Reports of lost battles swirl in like falling snow,” wrote Chiang Kai-shek at the end of 1948. “North China and the below-the-wall region are on the brink of collapse. I do not feel guilty. I tried my best” (quoted in: Jay Taylor,  The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China, 2009, p. 397). … Continue reading Why Did Chiang Kai-shek Lose China? The Guomindang Regime And The Victory Of The Chinese Communist Party

China-Taiwan Tensions and the Guomindang’s Existential Crisis

In November 2014 the Guomindang (Chinese Nationalist Party) suffered a defeat in Taiwan’s local elections, winning 40.7% of the votes and only 6 out of 22 local seats. The main opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), gained 47.5% of the votes. This setback led to the resignation en masse of the Guomindang executive cabinet. It … Continue reading China-Taiwan Tensions and the Guomindang’s Existential Crisis

The Guomindang, The Communist Party And Leninism

Founded in 1912, the Guomindang (中國國民黨, literally China National People’s Party) is the oldest still active political party in the Chinese-speaking world. It constituted the first elected majority in the Chinese National Assembly of 1913. After Yuan Shikai‘s coup d’etat, the Guomindang devoted itself to the mission of reunifying China, defeating the warlords, and defending the country’s territorial integrity … Continue reading The Guomindang, The Communist Party And Leninism

Pro-Beijing Taiwanese politicians seek rapprochement with China

On April 29 James Soong (宋楚瑜), a Taiwanese politician and chairman of the People First Party (親民黨), told China’s state-run news agency Xinhua that he supports the 1992 consensus and the one-China policy. Soong travelled to Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China to hold talks with local politicians. “[B]oth sides agree on the one-China principle … Continue reading Pro-Beijing Taiwanese politicians seek rapprochement with China

Foxconn founder Kuo T’ai-ming says he’s running for president after sea goddess Mazu came to him in a dream

Founder and chairman of tech giant Foxconn (鴻海) Kuo T’ai-ming (郭台銘) announced on April 17 that he will run for president in Taiwan’s 2020 elections, citing a dream in which Taiwan’s popular sea goddess Mazu urged him to do more for the Taiwanese people. In the morning of April 17 Kuo visited the Daoist Ts’u-hui … Continue reading Foxconn founder Kuo T’ai-ming says he’s running for president after sea goddess Mazu came to him in a dream

China’s army deletes poem by ‘traitor’ Wang Jingwei

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has deleted from its official Weibo account a poem by Wang Jingwei, a revolutionary leader and politician who collaborated with the Japanese during World War II. According to media reports, on March 28 the PLA published a poem by Wang Jingwei on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like microblogging platform. The poem … Continue reading China’s army deletes poem by ‘traitor’ Wang Jingwei

China forced Taiwanese representative in the Czech Republic to leave economic conference

On Wednesday a Taiwanese diplomat was expelled at China’s request from a meeting held by the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Trade and Industry. Wang Chung-I (汪忠一), director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Prague, the de facto embassy of Taiwan in the Czech Republic, was requested to leave the meeting, to which he … Continue reading China forced Taiwanese representative in the Czech Republic to leave economic conference

Taiwanese-born Communist cadre opposed Beijing’s rule as a student, Hong Kong writer says

On March 11 Ling Yu-shih (凌友詩), a 57-year-old Taiwanese national, gave a speech at a meeting of the annual Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), advocating for Taiwan’s unification with China. “Standing with all of the other CPPCC members in bearing the mission of rejuvenating China, our motherland, I can say that I have managed … Continue reading Taiwanese-born Communist cadre opposed Beijing’s rule as a student, Hong Kong writer says

Brainwashing the people – Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist Party and the politics of thought control

On the evening of 17 May 1966 Deng Tuo, one of China‘s most prominent Communist propagandists, committed suicide by overdose of sleeping tablets as an act of protest against charges levelled against him during the Cultural Revolution. Following the tradition of Chinese political suicides, which dated back to the loyal minister Qu Yuan in the … Continue reading Brainwashing the people – Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist Party and the politics of thought control

Professor Jin Yuelin’s confession and self-criticism during China’s 1951-52 thought reform campaign

On April 17, 1952, the newspaper Guangming Daily published a “confession” written by professor Jin Yuelin (金岳霖, also spelled Chin Yüeh-lin). The confession, entitled “Criticism of my idealistic bourgeois pedagogical ideology” (批判我的唯心論的資產階級教學思想), was made during the “thought reform campaign” launched by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under Mao Zedong‘s leadership in 1951-52 (Chen 1960, p. … Continue reading Professor Jin Yuelin’s confession and self-criticism during China’s 1951-52 thought reform campaign