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Chiang Ching-kuo and another man, Chinese Embassy, Moscow, 1946

Chiang Ching-kuo and another man, Chinese Embassy, Moscow, 1946, Fu collection, Fu-n548

This photograph (Fu-n548), a study in pairs, was taken by Fu Bingchang on New Year’s Day 1946, in the Chinese Embassy in Moscow.  It depicts an unidentified Chinese official and, on the right, Chiang Ching-kuo.  Jiang Jingguo, was the son of Chiang Kai-shek and a future President of the Republic of China in Taiwan.  Behind the two men are two framed photographs of two more men, Cordell Hull (the American Secretary of State, see Fu-s165) and Chiang Kai-shek himself.  Here below is the same autographed photograph of the Generalissimo (Fu-s155), taken in February 1943:

Chiang Kai-shek, February 1943

Chiang Kai-shek, February 1943, Fu collection, Fu-s155

Fu Bingchang was an effective ambassador, never an easy job, at a crucial time in Chinese and world affairs.  His granddaughter, Yee Wah Foo has recently published an account of Fu’s eventful Moscow days: Chiang Kaishek’s Last Ambassador to Moscow, The Wartime Diaries of Fu Bingchang (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

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