Taipei, July 1 (CNA) The Kuomintang (KMT) once owed former Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong several paychecks as he had been a KMT official, historical documents have revealed.
The documents showed that the KMT was experiencing a shortage of funds at one point and could not pay Mao, whose salary was about 120 silver coins per month, Shao Ming-huang, director of the KMT's historical archives, said Sunday.
The records prove that Mao was not only a KMT member but was also on the party's payroll, working as a secretary of the department of organization at the party's Shanghai branch, Shao said.
Mao was not the only KMT staff member who was owed pay and he was selected to negotiate a settlement, on behalf of the others, with Dr. Sun Yat-sen, a founding member of the KMT who later became the founding father of the Republic of China.
The party settled the issue with Mao and the other workers after they agreed to accept a "pay cut," Shao said.
The payroll receipt is currently on display at an exhibition at the KMT's headquarters in Taipei.
In 1924, the KMT adopted a new policy of a "United Soviet Union and acceptance of communism," with the aim of obtaining assistance from Russia and joining forces with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in order to carry out a "northern expedition," Shao said.
It was the first attempt at collaboration between the two parties, he added.
There were many CCP founding members who joined the KMT, he said, naming as examples Mao, Li Dazhao and Chen Duxiu.
The KMT archives, which contain information about the collaboration between the two parties, is very popular among Chinese tourists, Shao said.
(By Lee Shu-hua and Hanna Liu)