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228 Incident

Posted by tvan February 27, 2009 in the Group General Discussion.

Tags: Taiwan, History, Nationalist Party, Politics, Chiang Kai-Shek

On the Chinese side of the date line, today is the anniversary of a 1947 Nationalist Chinese massacre now referred to as 228.  On February 28, 1947, the Nationalist Chinese military put down a largely peaceful protest with machine gun fire killing over 10,000 Chinese.  (The conservative estimate!)  This Wiki article gives a reasonable synopsis of the incident.  For more detail there are also several western eyewitness accounts in the public domain.  I've read one of them, Formosa Betrayed by George Kerr, which provides a chilling account, albeit one considered by some as slanted towards the Taiwanese elite.  This web page presents a different perspective of how mainland Chinese were targeted by both the Nationalist Party and local Taiwanese reprisals.

For the many sinophiles on this site, this is old hat, and I apologize.  Also, I am not expressing an opinion on unification, which is one that Chinese need to decide.  Nevertheless, to understand cross-strait relationships, one has to understand February 28 and the Taiwanese White Terror that followed.  2-28 is now commemorated every year by politicians and has a memorial park in Taipei

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