Chiang Kai-shek

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Chiang Kai-shek
A statue of Chiang Kai-shek, Beigan, Matsu, Taiwan.JPG
1st ~ 5th President of the Republic of China
In office
May 20, 1948 – April 5, 1975
Succeeded by Yen Chia-kan
Personal details
Born October 31, 1887
Fenghua, Zhejiang, China
Died April 5, 1975
Taipei, Taiwan
Nationality Republic of China
Political party Kuomintang
Spouse(s) Soong May-ling
Chiang Kai-shek
Names (details)
Known in English as: Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石)
Pinyin: Jiǎng Jièshí
Wade-Giles: Chiang Chieh-shih
Cantonese: Jéung Gaaisek
Minnan: Chiúⁿ Kài-se̍k
Known in Taiwan as: 蔣中正
Hanyu Pinyin: Jiǎng Zhōngzhèng
Wade-Giles: Chiang Chung-cheng
Minnan: Chiúⁿ Tiong-chèng
Cantonese: Jéung Jūngjing
Family name: Jiang
Traditional Chinese:
Simplified Chinese:
Given names
Register name (譜名): Zhoutai (周泰)
Milk name (乳名): Ruiyuan (瑞元)
School name (學名): Zhiqing (志清),
later Zhongzheng (中正)
Courtesy name (字): Jieshi (介石)
Kai-shek (Gaaisek)
in Cantonese

Chiang Kai-shek was a soldier and President of the Republic of China, born in Xikou on October 31, 1887. His father was a merchant who died when Chiang was eight years old. Chiang became an officer in the army of the Manchu empire, but supported the Chinese Xinhai Revolution of 1911 that converted China into a republic. He led the Republic of China from 1930 to 1949 on mainland China until he was overthrown by Mao Zedong. He then fled to Taiwan where he ruled from 1950 until his death in 1975, although his government was still officially called the Republic of China.

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