Chiang Ching-Kuo's three betrayals

Vista, October, 2007

This Vista is not Microsoft's showy product; rather, it is a "high-end international digest," published two issues per month by the Ningxia Daily Newspaper Group. It's actually run out of offices in Beijing.

The coverline is about the three betrayals of Chiang Ching-Kuo, son of Chiang Kai-shek and former prime minister and president of Taiwan. In 1927, he betrayed his father and went to USSR to devote himself to the revolution. In 1937, he betrayed the revolution and came back to China. In 1987, he betrayed his father once more, this time by competing with his old Soviet classmate Deng Xiaoping: he announced electoral and media freedoms, and permitted veterans to visit their relatives on the mainland. The feature was cobbled together from excerpts of various books and magazines.

The cover picture shows the Taipei 101, a 101-floor landmark skyscraper located in Taipei.

Other stories featured on the cover:

  • "The top China hand in the west" - a profile of Kevin Michael Rudd, leader of the Australian Labor Party. He caught the public's eye with a speech in fluent Chinese at the APEC meeting this year;
  • Guo Shenggui, former chief judge of Beijing's Xicheng District Court, was arrested in September this year for accepting bribes. According to article, those in charge of the investigation said that bank books and cash found in his home were worth more than ten million yuan, and real estate was also found registered in Guo's name. After Guo's crime was exposed, many lawyers in Beijing went abroad to remain uninvolved in the case;
  • An interview with Li Ning, the CEO of China's first sports brand, Li-Ning. He's a successful businessman as well as a successful gymnast;
  • "A red village builds a temple" - one article from a South Wind View feature on the changes that have come to Dazhai (an earlier Danwei post translated two other pieces from that feature)
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