After more than 20 years of political warfare control in Taiwan, Chiang Ching-kuo was chosen as the 9th Premier of the Republic of China in 1972 —marking another milestone in his political career. In order to get rid of the stereotypical images of “Chiang Kai-shek’s son” and “head of intelligence”, he reorganized his cabinet once he assumed office. Although he continued to use authoritarian politics to govern, he promoted political revolution that values the localization of Taiwan and concerned the livelihood of the people.
Being the man who had controls over politics, economy, military and intelligence, Chiang Ching-kuo started a new revolutionary era to implement his political changes. He set rules to restrict the civil servants and prevent corruption. During the 1973 oil crisis, he introduced the “Ten Major Construction Projects” that provided a foundation for Taiwan’s rapid development and becoming the Four Asian Dragons.
Chiang Ching-kuo became to 6th President of the Republic of China in May of 1978. Apart from solving the Taiwan–United States relations which had worsened, he had to handle the critical Cross-Strait relations as well. Meanwhile, he was also constantly challenged by the internal strife of the Nationalist Party and external oppositions during his time in office.
Towards the end of his life, Chiang Ching-kuo lifted the martial law that had lasted for more than 38 years in Taiwan. He claimed not to let his family members to succeed the President position, but never made it to complete the succession arrangement before his death in 1988. He often described himself as the one who is leading the hardest life. Follow as the programme walks into the days of Chiang Ching-kuo penetrating political changes since 1972.