Thursday, May 14, 2009

Taiwan Chiang Ching-kuo FDCs

Taiwan FDCs
Name: 100th Birthday of Late President Chiang Ching-kuo
Date of Issue: 13 April 2008
Number: Com. 313

Former ROC President Chiang Ching-kuo was born on the 18th day of the third lunar month in 1910 in Fenghua County of Chekiang Province, and he died on January 13, 1988. April 13, 2009 is his 100th birthday.

Chiang Ching-kuo served as chairman of the Vocational Assistance Commission for Retired Servicemen, minister of national defense, vice-premier, premier, and president of the ROC (for the sixth and seventh terms of that office). He launched the Ten Major Construction Projects and the Twelve New Development Projects, which promoted the nation's economic prosperity and created the world famous "Taiwan experience." He undertook political reforms, lifted martial law and bans on the creation of new newspapers and political parties, laying down a solid foundation for a democratic Taiwan. Under his leadership, people were allowed to visit their relatives in mainland China. That decision marked a new page in the history of relations between Taiwan and mainland China. The people of Taiwan revered and loved Chiang Ching-kuo because of his devotion to the nation.

Comment: Two Taiwanese friends sent 2 FDCs to me from different post office. The first one was sent from "大溪" Post Office, because Chiang Ching-kuo's mausoleum is located in Dasi Town, Taoyuan County. The second one was sent from "新竹經國路" Post Office, nothing special but the name of the post office, "經國" Ching-kuo.

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