Faina Chiang Fang-liang (蔣方良), widow of Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) and first lady of the Republic of China on Taiwan from 1978 to 1988, died yesterday at 12:40pm.
\nShe died of respiratory failure brought on by lung cancer at age 88. But for her title of first lady, most in Taiwan know little of her. Unlike her predecessor, Soong Mayling (蔣宋美齡), who glittered both on the domestic and the international stage, Chiang Fang-liang was always a first lady in the shadows.
\nBorn Faina Epatcheva Vahaleva in Sverdlovsk, Siberia (now Ekateringburg, Russia), Vahaleva was orphaned at a young age and raised by her older sister Anna. An outspoken member of the Communist Youth League, Vahaleva met Chiang Ching-kuo at the age of 16 at the Ural Heavy Machinery Plant in Siberia, where Chiang was working in exile after his father, Chiang Kai-shek (
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Trial runs on the first line of Taichung’s MRT rail system could be further delayed after the Taichung City Government asked for more comprehensive safety checks following a malfunction. Trial runs on the Green Line began on Nov. 16, but were suspended after one of the trains on Nov. 21 reported a malfunction at the Taichung High Speed Rail Station terminal. Taichung Mass Rapid Transit Corp (TMRTC) the same day said that all services would be suspended until the problem is resolved. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, the train’s manufacturer, said that a US-made coupling connecting two carriages had broken, which the