Kuomintang

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From Wade-Giles romanization of Mandarin 國民黨国民党 (Kuo²-min²-tang³, “Nationalist Party”).

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Kuomintang

  1. A nationalist political party that ruled mainland China from 1928 to 1949, now one of three major parties in the Republic of China (Taiwan).
    • 1916, F. L. Pratt, “CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 1915”, in China Mission Year Book 1916[1], Shanghai: Christian Literature Society for China, page 24:
      The trend of events from the founding of the Republic to the unseating of the Kuomintang members of the National Assembly in November, 1913, however, confirmed the belief held in many quarters that republicanism was not a suitable system of government for the Chinese in their present stage of political development.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 238:
      He drew lists of Party cadre members of both before and after forty-nine, and pored over the scant details of those entrusted with the takeover of big enterprises where technological know-how was required: in particular the Kiangnan shipyard, a massive affair from which the Kuomintang elements had repeatedly to be purged.
    • 1983 December 4, “6.7 Million Voters Select 71 Legislators”, in Free China Weekly[2], volume XXIV, number 48, Taipei, page 1:
      The Kuomintang Party, after capturing 62 of the 71 seats in the Dec. 3 legislative elections, has retained control of the Legislative Yuan of Taiwan, the bastion of recovery, that it has held for the past 30 years.
    • 1985, Harold R. Isaacs, Re-encounters in China: Notes of a Journey in a Time Capsule[3], M. E. Sharpe, →ISBN, page 6:
      By 1927, these gangs had come to play a cardinal political role, serving as agents of the Kuomintang in dealing with unions, radicals, and other opponents of the regime.
    • 2004, Phil Macdonald, National Geographic Traveler: Taiwan, National Geographic Society, →ISBN, OCLC 54962554, page 203:
      Next door, you can't miss the Fushan Illuminated Wall, a huge sign with red Chinese characters on a white background declaring: "Sleep with one's sword ready." Its purpose was to brace the islands' Kuomintang troops and to warn off the Communist troops always watching from just across the waters.
    Synonym: KMT
  2. Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang, a minor political party in mainland China.

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