WI Chiang Kai-shek became a believer in Communism during Soviet schooling?

raharris1973

Gone Fishin'
WI Chiang Kai-shek became a believer in Communism during his 3-month training course in Russia in 1923 rather than disillusioned with it?

Could he have still risen to leadership of the Nationalist Party after Sun Yat-sen's death, and kept the KMT-CCP United Front going?

Or would his role in history have been replaced by another right-wing politician/general within the KMT to champion conservative interests in the KMT's big tent coalition?

Specifically, could Chiang have become either a Communist Party member, secret member, or thorough fellow traveler without damaging his relations with Sun Yat-sen?

If he was fellow-traveler and Communist sympathetic, would that have been compatible or not with his ties with the Shanghai Green Gang underworld?

Would it have been compatible with him having a marriage alliance with the wealthy Soong family?

If he came back genuinely sympathetic to Communism, would he have only done so openly, or could he have plausibly pretended to be anti-communist to the KMT conservatives and used their trust to sabotage their anticommunist moves?
 
If the Japanese still behave like they did OTL, Chiang's forces may get the lion's share of Soviet support in the 1930s like they did OTL (over Mao).
 

raharris1973

Gone Fishin'
If the Japanese still behave like they did OTL, Chiang's forces may get the lion's share of Soviet support in the 1930s like they did OTL (over Mao).
would the Japanese even wait that long? (Till the 30s?) or jump Chiang in the 20s?

heck would the British jump a “Red” pro-Communist Chiang Kai-shek in the 1920s?
 
If Chiang's the real deal Stalin might just force the existing CCP leadership to step aside or be declared Trotskyists, but then that leaves the rightists without a chaperone. And the "rightists" include... well, most warlords, who are themselves part of/successors of the first generations of KMT leadership, who remember the party predating the CCP by a fair deal and having its own original ideas. The tightrope is going to be how to keep the rightists willing to work with a Stalinist Chiang, all while keeping Mao from leading some splinter faction, and keeping Chiang (who will generally be operating independently) from getting a little too used to that independence and likely to make a decision Stalin wouldn't want if it ensures his advantage or saves him from a coup.
 

raharris1973

Gone Fishin'
If Chiang's the real deal Stalin might just force the existing CCP leadership to step aside or be declared Trotskyists, but then that leaves the rightists without a chaperone. And the "rightists" include... well, most warlords, who are themselves part of/successors of the first generations of KMT leadership, who remember the party predating the CCP by a fair deal and having its own original ideas. The tightrope is going to be how to keep the rightists willing to work with a Stalinist Chiang, all while keeping Mao from leading some splinter faction, and keeping Chiang (who will generally be operating independently) from getting a little too used to that independence and likely to make a decision Stalin wouldn't want if it ensures his advantage or saves him from a coup.
Good points!
 
. And the "rightists" include... well, most warlords, who are themselves part of/successors of the first generations of KMT leadership, who remember the party predating the CCP by a fair deal and having its own original ideas
Xu Chongzhi and Hu Hanmin were leading right KMT back then and Chiang sided with left KMT when former two were purged when Liao Zhongkai was Assassinated.. So the right KMT would be the chaperone. If the liao zhongkai wasn't killed.
 

raharris1973

Gone Fishin'
Xu Chongzhi and Hu Hanmin were leading right KMT back then and Chiang sided with left KMT when former two were purged when Liao Zhongkai was Assassinated.. So the right KMT would be the chaperone. If the liao zhongkai wasn't killed.
Interesting - what do you mean?
 
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