What if that picture is still on Beijing up to this day. Would we have a problem?
Siya nga si Chiang Kai Shek, the vanquish in the Chinese Civil War, against the communist, led by his arch-nemesis Mao Zedong. Bagaman siya ang talunan sa giyera, si Chiang Kai Shek ay isang mahalagang bahagi ng kasaysayan. Para nga malaman ang kaniyang kahalagahan, magtatanong tayo ng what if? Although there is a saying that goes like this, " Their are no ifs in history" because history is irreversible.
Ang unang tanong. What if kung hindi natalo ang KMT(Kuo Ming Tang) laban sa CPC(Communist Party of China). Sa China lang ay malaki na ang epekto, hindi sana nangyari ang malaking famine na kumitil ng 76 million sa loob ng tatlong taon, dahil sa Great Leap Forward, ni Mao. Bagaman ang istilo ng pamumuno ni Chiang Kai-shek is somehow fascist like style, he starts industrializing China, only the war halted it and the fall to the Communists and Mao's chaotic regime.
And the Tibetan question, would they have been still part of China? Yes, they have been part of China before, only that after the defeat of Chiang Kai Shek's forces, they separated from China, maybe because they don't like communism, because it is anti-religion, and Tibet is a religious land. Only that China invaded them again. They would have been part of China without bloodshed and grudges, unlike today.
Internationally speaking naman, may impact rin ba ang sana'y pananatili ni Chiang Kai-Shek? It would have save the world and mainly the United States of America from two major 20th century wars, the Vietnam and the Korean War, I presume. Chiang Kai-Shek, is an ally of the United States. Joseph Stalin might think twice of giving a go signal to North Korea to invade the south. Those were the story then, that Stalin give his blessing to North Korea to attack. Korea then will be unified, into the Democratic fold.
And as for Vietnam, China is one of their major supporters, supplies comes and goes through China from the Soviet Union. If Chiang Kai Shek is the leader, there will be no route for the Soviet Union to supply the North Vietnamese. And eventually I believe they will be defeated.
As for the Soviet Union and the United States, United States will dominate Asia. Soviet Union will be surrounded, will not have the buffer zones like China. United States will have more power over the Soviets. The Cold War will be shorter. And the United will have a longer reign as a sole world superpower, unlike now the time is running out for America, because of China.
For the Philippines, we would have lesser problems in the South China Sea I presume. That's how important Chiang Kai Shek. Sad thing is it is only a what if. A threat of authoritarian country becoming a superpower is very imminent. Good thing is America is still here to balance the power, but as I said the time is running out. Hope that America could find a time stopper, or transfer her power to counter balance China. But again, if their is a transfer, America is not to decide it.