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'Kuningtou battle' of 1949 commemorated in Kinmen

'Kuningtou battle' of 1949 commemorated in Kinmen

Kinmen, Sept. 26 (CNA) Nearly 1,000 people on the frontline island of Kinmen called for stable relations with China as they commemorated the 60th anniversary of a battle in which Nationalist forces fought off the Chinese communists to maintain control of the island.
"No more war should take place between the two sides, and grief and hatred should be replaced with tolerance and fraternity, " the group urged in a declaration issued at the rally held at Kuningtou, the site of the 1949 battle.
Kuningtou Township chief Lee Wen-chun led participants on a walk around the Kuningtou battlefield to show their desire for everlasting peace.
"We definitely renounce war. We want peace, freedom and a stable environment for development," the ralliers chanted.
The battle took place on Oct. 25-27, 1949, when nearly 10,000 Communist Chinese troops in 200 ships invaded Kinmen as a prelude to seizing Taiwan.
In the fierce three-day fight in Kuningtou, the invaders were repelled as they lost nearly 4,000 soldiers and had another 5,200 captured.
The defeat of the communists brought a 10-year halt to Beijing's attempts to take Taiwan by force. In 1958, they bombarded Kinmen, situated just kilometers off China's southeastern coast, but they were not able to seize any part of the Taiwan-held island on that occasion either.
(By Bear Lee)