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KMT veteran Lin Kwang-hang & former student leader Liao Te-hshung

Impact of Chinese Nationalists


Chris explores the flight of General Chiang Kai-Shek and his Chinese Nationalists to Taiwan and its consequences.

Mao Tse Tung's Communists won the civil war in China in 1949. The losers, the Nationalists, fled en masse to the island province of Taiwan.

China & Taiwan
• Communists won China's civil war in 1949
• 1.5 million Nationalists fled to Taiwan
• Nationalists held power in Taiwan until 2000
Nationalists brought with them China's greatest artistic treasures, still on display in Taipei's National Palace Museum.

Until 1991, Taiwan's Nationalist government insisted that it was the legitimate government of China, provoking continual conflict with the mainland.

Native Taiwanese, too, resented the dominance of the Chinese immigrants.

In 2000, the Nationalists finally lost power. Now they are trying to reinvent themselves as representatives of the "real" Taiwanese.

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