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Chiang Kai-shek Chiang Kai-shek also known as Chiang Chung-cheng was the son of a middle-class wine merchant who lived in the village of Chikow in Chekiang Province When he was fourteen years old following the Chinese custom of that time he was arranged to be marry by his mother the brides name is not mentioned His bride and he did not see each other until his walk down the aisle He did this without complaints only to please his mother Once he was married he met his brides parents as was tradition Due to Chiangs bad temper the meeting ended in arguments between Chiang and his brides father Once home he tried to keep his mind off of the marriage and concentrated more on what kind of man he wanted to become He dreamed of becoming a soldier He saw adventure in a military career and felt comfortable with the demand for authority order and strength Though his family objected and hoped for him to study law he went off to Tokyo Military Staff College in 1907 There he became a follower of the revolutionary leader Dr Sun Yat-sen This encouraged him in 1911 to take part in the revolt that established the Chinese Republic In 1917 when Sun established the Guangzhou government Chiang was his military aide Sun sent him to the USSR to study Russia military methods and was more than willing to go He got a good response from the people there Not only did they give him advice but they also sent thirty or so military men as help One of these men named Michael Borodin suggested that they start a military academy in China They placed it in Whampoa and named it the Whampoa Military Academy Their main goal was to demand and deserve respect Once opened they received 1500 applicants It planned to register only 300 Sun began to encourage Chiangs participation in the Nationalist party After
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