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Chiang, joined by his wife Huang Mei-lun (
After reading an elegiac address he had written, Chang kowtowed three times to the tablet bearing the names of his ancestors and shed tears of joy, saying that his long-held wish had come true. Chang also paid respects to his great grandmother, his grandmother and other ancestors at their graves. When walking on the muddy track to their graves, Chang said, "This is nothing compared to the rough journey of my life in the past."
Chang received an invitation from the Chiang family to visit the ancestral shrine in China three years ago and had planned to visit the family's hometown to pay respects to his ancestors. Due to government regulations, however, Chang, who served as minister of foreign affairs and later as secretary-general to the Presidential Office, was not allowed to visit China because of his status as a government official at that time.
Last December, Chang stepped down in disgrace after an extra-marital affair was exposed by the media. Since he is no longer a government employee, he took the opportunity to travel to China.
There has been a lot of media specualtion over Chang's motives for making this trip. It has been suggested that Chang is trying to regain popularity from supporters of the Chiang family in order to prepare for legislative elections next year.
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