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Two Chinas, one big problem

Elections in Taiwan may edge it towards autonomy from China. This puts America in a bind

By Jonathan Fenby   March 2004

Three decades after his death, the body of the man who once claimed sway over more people than anyone else on earth lies unburied, still awaiting repatriation to his native land. At weekends, visitors walk around a lake to the pavilion where the corpse of Chiang Kai-shek rests in a marble casket. Visiting the pavilion recently I was prompted by a guard to bow. As I nodded my head in honour of the generalissimo who ran China from the end of the 1920s until his flight to Taiwan in 1949, a nationalist marching song started up in the next room.

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