Thousands of people paid tribute in Taipei, Taiwan n Sunday(4 April)to their late President Chiang Kai-Chek, on the eve of the first anniversary of his death.
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GV EXTERIOR Guard of Honour at President Chiang's burial Shrine
GV INTERIOR President Chiang Shrine
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Background: Thousands of people paid tribute in Taipei, Taiwan n Sunday(4 April)to their late President Chiang Kai-Chek, on the eve of the first anniversary of his death.
President Chiang died at the age of 87 on the 5th of April last year, and Sunday's ceremonies coincided with Ching Ming Day, when families pray for ancestors and visit their graves.
The President of Taiwan, Yen Chia-Kan presided at the main memorial ceremony at the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. Those attending included the widow of the late president, Madame Chiang and other family members.
Speaking about the dead President, his successor told the crowd that the closing years of President Chiang's life saw significant changes for Taiwan.
In 1971, China was admitted to the Untied Nations in place of Taiwan and consequently a number of nations broke off diplomatic relations with Taiwan and recognized China.
But, despite the growing isolation on the diplomatic front, President Yen said Taiwan had a thriving and expanding economy with a comparatively high standard of living for most of its people. It has also attracted considerable foreign investment, he said, a sure sign that despite its efforts China had failed to isolate or destroy Taiwan.
SYNOPSIS: Taiwan, where on Sunday thousands of people aid tribute to their late leader, President Chiang Kai-Chek, on the eve of the first anniversary of his death. The 87-year-old President died on the fifth of April last year, and Sunday's ceremonies coincided with Ching Ming Day, when families honour their ancestors,
Madame Chiang, the widow of the late President was escorted to the main memorial ceremony by the President of Taiwan, Yen Chia-Kan. President Yen declared that the Chinese communists had failed to isolate Taiwan.
However, the final years of the late President Chiang's life saw many significant changes for Taiwan, he said.
In 1971, China was admitted to the United Nations. When the United Kingdom established relations with Peking in 1972, it acknowledged the position of the Chinese Government that Taiwan was a province of China.