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Lily Sun accuses China of distorting grandfather’s ideas

TWISTED HISTORY:Lily Sun said that the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) emblem above Sun Yat-sen’s mausoleum had mysteriously disappeared

Staff Writer, with CNA

Lily Sui-fong Sun (孫穗芳), a granddaughter of Republic of China (ROC) founder Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙), said on Sunday that the Chinese government has distorted the central idea of the founder of modern China and has tried to modify the facts.

In an interview with the Hong Kong-based Mingpao newspaper, Sun expressed anger over the distortion of her grandfather’s idea.

“Some people have distorted my grandfather’s ‘Three Principles of the People’ and have implemented a string of policies to fool the citizens,” she said.

Sun said former Chinese president Jiang Zemin (江澤民), who served from 1993 to 2003, distorted her grandfather’s “Three Principles of the People” during the 90th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution in 2001.

She said Jiang “deleted and changed history” and that she wrote him a letter to express her dissatisfaction. Sun Yat-sen’s granddaughter said Jiang replied in 2002 that he was willing to give financial assistance to activities related to the 1911 Xinhai Revolution led by Sun Yat-sen and mentioned a figure of US$10 million in 2008.

She told the newspaper she refused the money because of Jiang’s twisting of history.

In 1981, she said, when she visited her grandfather’s mausoleum in Nanjing, she found that the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) emblem on the top of the tomb had disappeared. Sun Yat-sen was also the founder of the KMT.

She added that some statues of Sun Yat-sen that she had donated had been destroyed in some Chinese cities.

In recent years, Lily Sun has attended several ceremonies to unveil bronze statues of her grandfather. She plans to give away a total of 100 statues.

Sun, 76, is the third daughter of Sun Ke (孫科), Sun Yat-sen’s eldest son, and his mistress Yan Aijuan (嚴藹娟). She was raised in Shanghai and Hong Kong, and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, after she got married.

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