Two great ROC warlords

2 Apr

During China’s ROC (Republic of China) era when it was ruled by Chiang Kai-chek, two of his ablest generals were these guys, who fought under Chiang from the 1920s until the fall of the KMT in 1949 to the Communists. The strong capability and competence of Li Zongren and Bai Chongxi though made them suspect to Chiang who eventually sidelined them, to the point where Li refused to go to Taiwan where Chiang and the KMT fled to after their defeat in the Chinese Civil War, choosing to remain in exile in the US until returning to China in his last years. The article is a fascinating account of these two men and those turbulent times in ROC China of warlords, wars, and civil strife.

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