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Chiang Kai-shek


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Chiang Kai-shek 1887-1975. Chinese military and political figure who led the Nationalists against the rising Communist forces and was driven from the mainland to Taiwan (1949), where he served as president of Nationalist China until his death.

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  • n. Chinese military and political figure; in the Chinese civil war that followed World War II he was defeated by the Chinese communists and in 1949 was forced to withdraw to Taiwan where he served as president of Nationalist China until his death (1897-1975)


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  • American soldiers called the U.S. government “Uncle Chump from over the Hump” and referred to Chiang Kai-shek as “Chancre Jack.”

    The Last Empress

  • The War Department had committed itself to a policy of “keeping China in the War” and providing the Chungking government, with Chiang Kai-shek as its president, with a major portion of lend-lease supplies.

    A Covert Affair

  • North of the 16th parallel, Chinese forces under Chiang Kai-shek would assume control from the Japanese.

    A Covert Affair

  • He had nothing but scorn for Chiang Kai-shek, whom he regarded as an arrogant, unteachable Chinese overlord, and had an almost equal aversion for Mountbatten and his greedy colonial ambitions.

    A Covert Affair

  • The OSS was officially committed to working with Chiang Kai-shek, but it was not clear which enemy the Generalissimo was more committed to fighting—the Japanese invaders who had laid waste to his country for seven years or his Communist compatriots in the north.

    A Covert Affair

  • Roosevelt planned to meet Churchill and Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in the Egyptian capital before the president and prime minister conferred with Stalin in Tehran on November 28.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • But it took more than two years of haggling with Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek and his intelligence chief before Donovan was able to launch credible guerrilla attacks against the Japanese.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • Mr. Lee is widely credited with ushering Taiwan into democracy from its previous autocratic rule by Chiang Kai-shek and his son Chiang Ching-kuo.

    Former Taiwan President Indicted

  • After World War II, during which the two parties united to fight the Japanese, the Communists led by Mao Zedong won control, and the KMT, led by General Chiang Kai-shek, went into exile on the island of Formosa -- renamed Taiwan -- off the southeast coast of the now-Communist People's Republic of China.

    Gil Asakawa: Happy Birthday to the Republic of China (That's Taiwan to You)

  • While Communists around the world celebrate the birth of the new nation, Chiang Kai-shek and some two million Nationalist Chinese take refuge on the island of Taiwan.

    G. Roger Denson: Political Art Timeline, 1945-1966: Postwar Art of the Left


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