President Chiang Kai-Shek was sworn in on Saturday(May 20) for his fifth six-year as Taiwan's Head of State.
President Chiang Kai-Shek was sworn in on Saturday(May 20) for his fifth six-year as Taiwan's Head of State. The 84-year-old president, still determined to fight to the end against China's mainland leader Mao Tse-Tung said he was continuing in office in spite of his age so as to continue to lead his people against the Chinese Communists in their struggle for a national life and survival. Speaking at the palatial Chungshan Building, he added: "I ask that with all the wisdom, potential. morality and energy at your command, you join with me, this old soldier of national revolution ...to sustain our purpose, cultivate our courage and devote the whole of our energy and life to the avowed struggle to the end against the traitorous Mao Tse-Tung....So long as Mao and his traitorous accomplices survive, our national revolutionary task can never terminate, though thousands of setback be piled atop hundreds of frustrations." He was clearly referring to the series of diplomatic setbacks suffered by Taiwan in the last 18 months - headed by expulsion from the United Nations and the visit to Peking by U.S. President Richard Nixon.
The reinauguration of President Chiang was attended by nearly 2,000 Government officials, representatives of Chinese overseas communities, members of the Diplomatic Corps, and special envoys from 22 countries. Thousands of people braved the rain to take part in parades and watch the military march past to commemorate the occasion, which celebrates the start of the President's 23rd year in power since leading his Nationalist Government into exile to Taiwan after the 1949 Communist victory on the mainland.
President Chiang has nominated his eldest son, 61-year-old Chiang Ching-kuo, for Premier. Taiwan's Legislative Yuan (Parliament) was meeting today(Tuesday) to consider the nomination, and informed sources say its approval is certain.
SYNOPSIS: In Taipei's palatial Chungshan building on Saturday, President Chiang Kai-shek was sworn in for his fifth six-year term as Taiwan's Head of State. The ceremony was attended by nearly two thousand Government officials, diplomats, envoys from twenty-two countries, and representatives of Chinese overseas communities.
In his inaugural address, the 84-year-old President spoke of his determination to continue to fight against Mao Tse-Tung, saying: "So long as Mao and his traitorous accomplices survive, our national revolutionary task can never terminate, though thousands of setbacks be piled atop hundreds of frustrations."
Thousands of people turned out to take part in parades and to watch the celebrations - which commemorate the start of president Chiang's twenty-third year in power since leading his Nationalist Government into exile in Taiwan, after the 1949 Communist victory on the mainland. However, the occasion is undoubtedly marred by the fact that this new term of Government begins with two serious diplomatic setbacks - Taiwan's expulsion from the United Nations, and U.S. President Nixon's recent visit to Peking.
A traditional Dragon Dance brought the festivities to a close.