China marks anniversary of Sun's death

Local officials and residents of eastern China's Jiangsu province paying their respects at Dr Sun Yat Sen's mausoleum in Nanjing yesterday.
Local officials and residents of eastern China's Jiangsu province paying their respects at Dr Sun Yat Sen's mausoleum in Nanjing yesterday.PHOTO: XINHUA

BEIJING • Ceremonies were held in Nanjing and Beijing yesterday to commemorate the 92nd anniversary of Dr Sun Yat Sen's death, reported state news agency Xinhua.

In Beijing, representatives from all walks of life attended a ceremony in Zhongshan Park, named after him, Xinhua reported. The ceremony was presided over by Mr Liu Fan, vice-chairman of the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang Central Committee.

Sun, said Xinhua, is known to the Chinese people as a "great revolutionary and statesman" for his leading role during the 1911 revolution, which ended more than 2,000 years of feudal rule in China. He died on March 12, 1925, in Beijing.

China's ruling party also marked Sun's 150th birthday with much fanfare last November.

The Republic of China that he founded still controls Taiwan, where leaders fled after Mao Zedong's forces won the civil war in 1949 and set up the People's Republic.

Matters appear to be heading in the opposite direction in Taiwan, where the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took power last year.

Some DPP politicians have suggested a stop to referring to Sun as the island's "founding father" and called for his portraits in public buildings to be taken down.

In late January, DPP legislator Gao Jyh-peng proposed the redesign of banknotes, replacing the images of Sun and former president Chiang Kai-shek with other figures.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2017, with the headline 'China marks anniversary of Sun's death'. Print Edition | Subscribe