Chiang’s merits, vices both deserve mention, Ko says

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 14, 2018
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said former president Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) made contributions to Taiwan’s democracy and because the nation is a diverse society, people’s contributions and demerits can be discussed together.

Ko on Friday — the eve of the 30th anniversary of Chiang’s death — attended the book launch of a former government insider’s story on Chiang’s strategic changes in his late years.

“Some people praise him for being the helmsman of Taiwan’s democratic reform, but others criticize him as a dictator who purged his political opponents and seriously violated human rights,” Ko said. “The political reforms introduced during his later years came under the pressure of democracy drives, both domestically and internationally.”

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