The modern history of China is energized recently due to its huge value on continuously affecting political tensions across the Taiwan Strait. The Hoover Institution at Stanford University acquired the personal diaries of the Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek and his son, Chiang Ching-kuo and the papers of T.V. Soong, the brother of Mei-ling Soong. It is expected to shed new light on key turning points in modern Chinese history. Phoenix TV spent a year to research on the subject by conducting over 60 interviews and visiting 50 historic scenes on the mainland and in Taiwan, and revealed the historical truth based on the contents of diaries and papers.
In the 20th century, China was plagued with political problems. Mei-ling Soong married Chiang Kai-shek, the most powerful man at that time. With the aid of his brothers-in-law, Chiang strengthened his government and had absolute control on the political and economic situation in China. With the study of the diaries and papers, Phoenix TV dissected the interrelationship of Chiang Kai-shek and his families. It may help to answer the longstanding questions in modern Chinese history - how Chiang Kai-shek handled the issues of the Northern Expedition to unify China, how he cooperated with the Communists in the Sino-Japanese War; and the significance of roles that T.V. Soong and Kung Hsiang-hsi, the brothers-in-law of Chiang Kai-shek, played.
The historical merits or demerits of the Chiang, Soong and Kung families, which shaped the history of China, leave the world with a better understanding of history.