In Taipei, capital of Formosa, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek was inaugurated May 20 as President of "Free China" for the third consecutive term.
In Taipei, capital of Formosa, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek was inaugurated May 20 as President of "Free China" for the third consecutive term. The 73-year-old Generalissimo was re-elected President last March after the constitution was specially amended to enable him to contest for a third time.
After taking the oath of office, President and Madame Chiang received the diplomatic corps accredited to Formosa. Some 200,000 people shouting slogans and carrying placards cheered the President and Madame Chiang as they appeared on the balcony.
In his speech, President Chiang exhorted the people to be ready to go back to the mainland. Ever since he took refuge in Formosa, President Chiang has been repeating his intention to recapture the Chinese mainland, a promise reiterated at every important function in the island.
Chiang Kai-Shek was elected the first constitutional President of the Republic of China in 1948, but with the victorious Chinese Communists Army pushing southward he relinquished the position early in 1949 to help peace negotiations. The peace talks failed and Chiang Kai-Shek led the evacuation of his trusted aides and troops into the island of Formosa. In 1954 the National Assembly re-elected him President for a second term.
Observers say the under Chiang Kai-Shek's leadership Formosa has made considerable progress in the economic, social and defence fields. A four-year plan was successfully completed in 1958; Industrial and agricultural output in this island of more than eight million people have registered big increases.