In Taiwan, the son of the late Chinese nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, was sworn in as the new leader of the Taiwan regime at a 40-minute ceremony on Saturday (20 May).
GV & CU: Chiang Ching-kuo walking on to stage in hall. (3 SHOTS)
SCU: Mr. Chiang swearing in and being congratulated.
GV: People applauding.
GV: Mr. Chiang addressing assembly.
SCU: Mr. Chiang speaking in Chinese.
SV & GV: Mr. Chiang receiving applause.
Mr. Chiang's selection of Governor Shieh as his deputy is seen, by diplomatic observers, as an opportunity for the Kuomintang Party to show the native Taiwanese, who long resented a mainland-dominated ruling council, that they could share power too. Governor Shieh's appointment gives him the highest position ever held by an islander in the Kuomintang power structure. Mr. Chiang, say observers, recognises that for the Kuomintang party to maintain its present position, it must command popular support from native Taiwanese. Many point to his "Taiwanisation" programme as his greatest achievement. As premier he brought many islanders into positions of authority on the council that administrates Taiwan.
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Background: In Taiwan, the son of the late Chinese nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, was sworn in as the new leader of the Taiwan regime at a 40-minute ceremony on Saturday (20 May).
SYNOPSIS: Sixty-eight-year-old Chiang Ching-kuo took the oath of office at the short ceremony in T'ai-pei at the offices of the council which administrates the island.
Mr. Chiang has ruled Taiwan as Premier since the death of his father three years ago and his term in office will run for six years. At the ceremony he was congratulated by other members of the Kuomintang Party.
Mr. Chiang named the ruling council's Economics Minister, Sun Yun-suan as his successor in the job of Premier. Mr. Chiang tightened his grip on Taiwan after the figurehead leader Dr. Yen Chia-kan decided to retire from public life at the end of his term. Mr. Chiang was chosen as leader in an election in April and his deputy, also sworn in yesterday, is Mr. Shieh Tung-min, Taiwan's governor and a man whose family has lived on the island for generations.
After the ceremony, Mr. Chiang pledged Taiwan to continuing strong ties with the United States-but discreetly avoided mentioning the current visit to China by the United States National Security Advisor Mr. Zbigniew Brzezinski. He also vowed to continue the struggle to win power on the Chinese mainland. The Kuomintang party fled to Taiwan in 1949 after being routed in China by government forces. Mr. Chiang said the United States and Taiwan would benefit working together. What helped or hurt Taiwan would also help or hurt the United States.