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Message to President Chiang Kai-shek on the 50th Anniversary of the Chinese Revolution.

October 09, 1961

[Released October 9, 1961. Dated October 5, 1961]

Your Excellency:

The people of the United States join me in offering congratulations on China's National Day which this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Chinese Revolution. On this occasion we recall vividly the long, arduous struggle Free China has waged under your valiant leadership against foreign aggression and Communist tyranny and for the realization of the noble aspirations of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. Our alliance, based on ties of historic friendship and unity of purpose, has withstood the tests of the past. May it grow ever stronger in the years ahead.

Your Excellency, the American people share your abiding faith in the ultimate triumph of justice over evil. We look confidently toward the day when the great people of China will again take their place in the struggle for those principles of freedom and progress espoused by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.

JOHN F. KENNEDY

Note: The message was released at Newport, R.I.

John F. Kennedy, Message to President Chiang Kai-shek on the 50th Anniversary of the Chinese Revolution. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/235748

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