- "We cannot possibly hope to win this war alone; and with Chiang betraying us and the Communists affiliated with the Assassins, it is better for us to remain this way, reducing casualties and suffering of the people altogether in this god-forsaken conflict."
- ―Wang Jingwei, in defense of his collaboration with Imperial Japan, 1942.[src]
Wang Jingwei (1883 - 1944), born Wang Zhaoming, was a Chinese politician, writer, patriot, former anti-Qing revolutionary and Grand Master of the Chinese Templars during the Second Sino-Japanese War, who is best known for leading the Reorganized Nationalist Government of China, more commonly known as Wang Wei Government (Chinese: 汪伪政府, lit. False Government of Wang), a puppet government set up by the Templars that collaborated with Imperial Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War; and for this act, is widely regarded as the "Great Chinese Traitor".
Wang Jingwei was previously a close associate to Sun Yat-sen before his death and struggled with Chiang Kai-Shek over control of the Nationalist government in the 20s to 30s after the latter's betrayal of the Templar Order by purging the Communists. He strived to work with the Communists during the first phase of the Chinese Civil War, until the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937, where he chose to collaborate with Imperial Japan, also backed by the Templars.
Early Life Edit
Born in Sanshui, Guangdong, but of Zhejiang origin, Wang studied in Japan as an international student funded by the Qing government in 1903, and joined the Tongmenghui in 1905. Like many young men during the era, Wang blamed the Qing dynasty for holding China back, and making it too weak to fight off exploitation by Western imperialist powers. While in Japan, Wang became a close confidant of Sun Yat-sen, and would later go on to become one of the most important members of the early Kuomintang. He was among the Chinese nationalists in Japan who were influenced by Russian anarchism, and published a number of articles in journals edited by Zhang Renjie, Wu Zhihui, and the group of Chinese anarchists in Paris.
Before the Xinhai Revolution in 1911, Wang worked as a staunch anti-Qing revolutionary, gaining prominence as an excellent public speaker and advocate of Chinese nationalism, and is regarded as one of the leading figures in the fight against the Qing dynasty for his assassination attempt on the regent lord Prince Chun. Shortly after the Revolution, Wang was introduced into the Chinese Rite by Sun, and indoctrinated into his Inner Circle along with revolutionary heroes Zhang Renjie, Huang Xing, Cai Yuanpei and other members of the Tongmenghui.
After Sun's death to liver cancer in 1925, Wang quickly rose to leadership position within the rite by writing and publishing the will of Sun and ferreting out and arresting Assassins who falsely claimed to have assassinated Sun in a failed attempt to cause social unrest. Wang became Grand Master of the Chinese Rite in 1926 and was largely favored as the successor to Sun's presidency, until losing power to Chiang Kai-shek due to the latter's betrayal towards the Templar Order in 1927. During this period up to the Japanese invasion, Wang had worked with the Templar-backed Communist Party of China, and later, the Japanese and Nazi Germans to undermine Chiang's authority and work towards establishing the New World Order. He formed and headed the Reorganized Nationalist Government of China in collaboration with Imperial Japan to ensure the execution of the New World Order in the Far East and protect Templar interests. He is also one of the key founding members of Abstergo Industries, providing it with funding and allowing it to establish sects in Shanghai, Nanjing and Tianjin.
Assassin's Creed: Turbulence Edit
Wang Jing-wei served as the leader of the Wang Wei Government until 1944, and serves as a minor antagonist only appearing in cutscenes in game. Although he does not appear directly in the game, the Peaceful Foundation Army soldiers, special agents and Kempeitai that are common enemies seen in Shanghai are under his command.
Meeting With the Secret Sect Edit
In 1939, Wang establishes the Chinese Nationalist Party Central Executive Committee Special Affairs Division Operations Headquarters, with the help of the Japanese Embassy in Shanghai and placed under the leadership of Zhou Fohai, Ding Mocun and Li Shiqun, assisted by the Kempeitai and instructed by Doihara Kenji.
After the night raid at the Paramount, Wang flies to Shanghai from Nanjing and convenes with Doihara, Zhou, Ding and Li to discuss reports on the raid. Wang emphasizes the importance of increasing security and patrols in the city and vaguely suggests that the information and location of the documents that were stolen during the raid must be leaked by a mole within their organization and commands Zhou to get to the bottom of the incident and rat out the traitor.
- Throughout the game, Wang is referred to as "Jixin (季新)" by his close associates and members of his Inner Circle; Jixin is the courtesy name of Wang. A courtesy name is a formal style used by Chinese literate elites most commonly in use by those born before the Xinhai Revolution, commonly addressed by close associates and peers.