The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) once owed former Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong (毛澤東) several paychecks during the time he served as a KMT official, historical documents have revealed.
The documents showed that the KMT was experiencing a shortage of funds at one point and could not pay Mao, whose salary was about 120 silver dollars per month, Shao Ming-huang (邵銘煌), director of the KMT’s historical archives, said yesterday.
The records prove that Mao was not only a KMT member, but was also on the party’s payroll, working as a secretary in the department of organization at the party’s Shanghai branch, Shao said.
Mao was not the only KMT staff member who was owed back pay, he was selected to negotiate a settlement, on behalf of the others, with Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙), a founding member of the KMT who later became the founding father of the Republic of China.
The party settled the issue with Mao and the other workers after they agreed to accept a “pay cut,” Shao said.
The payroll receipt is currently on display at an exhibition at the KMT’s headquarters in Taipei City.
In 1924, the KMT adopted a new policy of recognizing a “United Soviet Union and acceptance of communism,” with the aim of obtaining assistance from Russia and joining forces with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to carry out a “northern expedition,” Shao said.
It was the first attempt at collaboration between the two parties, he added.
There were many CCP founding members who had also joined the KMT, he said, notable examples being Li Dazhao (李大釗) and Chen Duxiu (陳獨秀).
The KMT archives is very popular among Chinese tourists, Shao said.