2 July, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 05/10/2007
TAIWAN
Taiwan’s changing landscape, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall renamed
Taiwan’s government approves renaming the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall to Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall. Kuomintang cries foul.

Taipei (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The Taiwanese government yesterday approved a proposal to change the name of Taiwan's Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, one of Taipei’s landmarks, and rename it the Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall in honour of the island's democratic development.

“With the deletion of the statute (governing the Hall’s administration), the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall will be renamed the Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall,” cabinet spokeswoman Chen Mei-ling said.

The Education Ministry, which will supervise the management of the renamed memorial, will also decide when to reopen it after ongoing renovation work is completed, said Ms Chen.

The complex includes a monument, a park, an opera house, a concert hall, an arch and surrounding walls—all in traditional Chinese designs.

It is not clear though whether a huge statue of Chiang will be removed or dismantled.

Reactions to the decision were swift. Lawmakers from President Chen Shui-bian’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) welcomed the move, saying that there was no reason to remember a "dictator" who had killed so many people in Taiwan.

Nationalists from the Kuomintang (heirs to the generalissimo) cried foul. KMT MP Pan Wei-kang called the change a DPP attempt to erase the legacy of the late KMT leader in order to please pro-independence supporters ahead of legislative elections in December and the presidential poll in March.

The decision to rename the Hall is part of a wider campaign of change promoted by the DPP. It involves removing every reference to mainland China in public buildings and institutions ranging from public transit to stamps from the island to highlight the fact that the island has been effectively independent since 1949.

For Beijing this decision represents the latest attempt at cutting ties binding the island to the mainland. For Communist China, the island remains a rebel province that must eventually join the rest of the nation, by force if necessary.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
07/21/2009 TAIWAN – CHINA
For the first time since 1949 Taiwan to open office in China
01/02/2008 TAIWAN
Rededicated to democracy ex-Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall reopens
03/26/2009 TAIWAN – CHINA
Trial of former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian opens
12/10/2007 TAIWAN
Removing the memory of Chiang Kai-shek, a internal challenge in Taiwan
02/07/2007 TAIWAN
Government to remove all Chiang Kai-shek statues

Editor's choices
ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community
by Bernardo CervelleraThe influential Sunni university denounces " heinous" violence of the Islamic state and demands the world defeat this group “through every possible means". Vatican: terrorism is a threat to all humanity. France claims to fight terrorism, but then sells weapons, aircraft, helicopter gunships to Saudi Arabia, which supports Islamic fundamentalism. Kuwait tolerates Salafis who support the Nusra Front and the Islamic state. Turkey against the Kurds; the United States against Iran, Russia and China.
TUNISIA - ISLAM
Tunis, stop terrorism by closing fundamentalist mosquesPresident Essebsi believes unified and global strategy needed to counter terrorism. The attack in Sousse almost simultaneous with those in France, Kuwait, Somalia. Islamic State claims responsibility.
VATICAN – ITALY
Pope in Turin tells young people to be chaste in love, go against the flow and not retire at 20In his last meeting on the first day of his visit to Turin, Francis met young people in Vittorio Square. In a Question and Answer exchange, he talked about love, friendship and loss of trust towards life. "I understand you. How many hypocrites speak of peace and sell weapons. How can one trust? By following Christ, whose act of extreme love, i.e. the Cross, saved humanity." The pontiff also looked at the horrors of the 20th century as evidence of the loss of trust towards world powers. He urged young people “not to retire at 20,” but “live, don’t just exist.”

Dossier

Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.