Because General George Washington fought the Revolutionary War to a smart finish, Americans thought he would make a good peacetime President, nor were they disappointed. Precisely similar was the reasoning of Chinese, last week, when they chose the first President of the new Chinese Nationalist Government (TIME, May 2, 1927). Naturally and inevitably their choice fell upon the Nationalist Revolution's doughty "Man of Victory," famed Marshal Chiang Kai-shek.
The new President was not elected by the Chinese people. Most of them have never seen a ballot, and...