Taipei: The grandchildren of Chinese Communist icon Mao Zedong and his arch rival Chiang Kai-shek met in Taiwan in a rare encounter mirroring warming ties between Beijing and Taipei, a report said today.
Kong Dongmei, believed to be the first Mao relative ever
to visit Taiwan, was on the island with a cultural delegation
from the semi-official Association for Relations Across the
Taiwan Straits, said the local China Times.
She met yesterday with John Chiang, a Taiwanese lawmaker
and grandson of Chinese nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek,
who was Mao`s mortal enemy on the mainland for most of the
period from the 1920s until the 1940s.
They met when Kong`s delegation visited the headquarters
of the ruling Kuomintang, the party that the elder Chiang
played a key role in shaping both on the mainland and in
"It`s just a coincidence we met. I didn`t think too much
about it," Kong said when asked if their meeting symbolised
the end of the feud between the two late leaders, according to
Kong, who runs a multi-media publishing company in
Beijing, has reportedly made three previous low-profile visits
to the island, most recently in July.
The battle between Mao and Chiang for control over
China cost the lives of millions and only ended in 1949 when
Mao`s communist forces seized power, banishing Chiang and his
troops to Taiwan, where he set up a rival government.