The Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) history center is preparing to put 4,000 documents from Chiang Kai-shek’s (蔣介石) administration online, opening them up to the public for the first time.
The documents are then-government papers that Chiang approved between 1950 and 1975. The center says the online archive will give the public a better understanding of both the party’s and the nation’s history.
Center director Wang Wen-lung (王文隆) said staff have spent several years digitalizing the documents, which had not been published before, so they could be put online.
“The historical documents that are digitized this time provide not only crucial information about the KMT, but are major historical documents for the nation,” Wang said.
In a document approved by Chiang on Aug. 5, 1957, the government discussed ways to address the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), such as: “Zhu Mao bandits” (朱毛共匪) or “bandit spies” (匪諜). Chiang ordered that the CCP should be addressed as “bandit spies.”
After that point, “bandit spies” became a regular term for the CCP, Wang said.
The center in August began a program to loan its historical documents, and Wang said it plans to make more such records public.
The Chiang documents will be available online starting on Monday at www.archives.kmt.org.tw.
The center will host a forum tomorrow with 17 political and foreign relations experts on the post-war era and the significance of the documents.