NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
13th March, 1925 : General Chiang Kai-shek, the remarkable Chinese banker, who went to Japan to learn the art of war, is to become leader of Kuomintang, the People’s Party of the South. He succeeds Dr Sun Yat-sen, who died of cancer yesterday in Peking. Known as the “Father of the Republic”, Sun Yat-sen was a British-trained medical doctor, who overturned the Manchu dynasty.
General Chiang was one of his aides in the revolution of 1911 and in protracted battles to win military and political supremacy. He is a fervent nationalist, who visited the Soviet Union two years ago for help in building the Kuomintang army, which is now 40,000 strong.