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Taiwan closes mausoleum of Chiang Kai-shek
On Sunday, President Chen Shui-bian told a political rally that closing the mausoleum would save taxpayers money.
But the move also comes amid a campaign by Chen’s Democratic Progressive Party to wipe out the late leader’s legacy. Authorities have renamed the Chiang Kai-shek international airport and park commemorating Chiang in the capital, Taipei.
DPP officials say the democratic island should stop honoring a dictator. But many members of the Nationalist Party – now the main opposition – say Chiang blocked a communist invasion and contributed to Taiwan’s security and economic development.
Chen’s government had planned to rebury Chiang’s remains at a military cemetery near Taipei. Some of his relatives objected, saying Chiang should be buried in his hometown in China’s eastern Zhejiang Province. But other Nationalists have objected to a burial on the mainland as long as the political standoff continues with China.