Wang Jingwei Biography
(1st President of the Republic of China)
Birthday: May 4, 1883 (Taurus)
Born In: Sanshui District, Foshan, China
Wang Jingwei (Wang Ching-wei) - the mere mention of the name evokes strong emotions for the ones who are well aware of Chinese modern history. Whether he was a revolutionary or a traitor, or a patriot, is still debated. He was a Chinese politician, who worked in close association with the right wing nationalist leader Sun Yat-sen in early parts of his political career, and became head of the regime in late 30s to govern the Chinese land dominated by the Japanese. He was initially a member of the left wing of the Kuomintang (KMT), but later became an anti-communist. His political ideals and thoughts turned to the right later after he joined the Japanese. His anti-Qing pursuits landed him in the jail, due to an assassination attempt on Prince of Chun, but once he got out of the prison, he became an icon. His writing skills helped him take his words to far corners and he ended up becoming an unquestionable leader. His close association with Japanese stemming from his lifelong rivalry with Chiang Kai-shek earned him the shameful tag of a traitor but Wang didn’t care and did what he believed was right. Not a single Chinese historian denies his magnificent role in the Xinhai Revolution, and yet, his love for China is questioned on the basis of his loyalty to imperial Japanese government. He led a life of aggression, political instability and utter chaos, and yet, wrote poetry about love, life and one’s love for their nation.