Taipei was chosen as the location of the World Anti-Communist League’s first conference in 1967, with more than 230 delegates attending from around the world
Date: Sep 20, 2015
By: Han Cheung / Staff reporter
Taiwan in Time: Sept. 21 to Sept. 27
After nearly a year of preparations, more than 230 delegates from 64 countries and
regions descended upon Taipei on Sept. 25, 1967 to take part in the World Anti-Communist League’s (WACL) inaugural conference. Also in attendance were 12 anti-communist organizations and observers.
As a founding member of the league’s predecessor, the Asian People’s Anti-Communist League (APACL), Taiwan was chosen to host the event during a meeting to discuss the APACL’s expansion in November 1966.
A recap of the conference published by WACL stated that the league decided to meet in Taiwan because it was the “most resolute in its anti-communist position” and “showed the most vigorous anti-communist spirit.”
The APACL was started in 1954 by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) leader Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石), Philippine president Elpidio Quirino and South Korean president Syngman Rhee.
By November 1966, as the APACL had expanded to Australia and Africa with 27 members, it decided to go global during a meeting in Seoul. [FULL STORY]