In the 5th year of Gan Lu (AD 260), the Emperor of Wei, Cao Mao, led a group of palace guards and attendants in a bid to attack Sima Zhao as he could not tolerate the tyranny of Sima’s family. Sima Zhao immediately ordered his trusted general Jia Chong to kill the Wei Emperor together with his followers. On knowing that, Chen Tai rushed to the scene and cried on seeing the corpse of the Wei Emperor. Soon Sima Zhao arrived and asked Chen Tai for advice regarding the settlement for this issue. Chen Tai replied that the issue could only be resolved by executing Jia Chong. However, Sima Zhao was unwilling to do that and asked for an alternative. Chen Tai was so enraged that he collapsed suddenly and died.
PrimeMinister Bu Zhi wrote:It's treason. Pure treason, no matter the reason. He left Wei because he feared for his life, he thought Sima Yi would kill him. He didn't care about Wei. All he cared about was his own well being because that's the only thing he had in mind during his surrender.
Now, if he did something like Wuqui Jian or Zhuge Dan, then I would understand. But he didn't. He not only betrayed Wei but betrayed his father who, if he were still alive, would probably disown him if not kill him.
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