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Taiwan to hold events marking wartime victory against Japan

Taiwan to hold events marking wartime victory against Japan

Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) Taiwan will kick off a series of events later this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Republic of China's victory over Japan in the Sino-Japanese War in 1945, defense officials said Tuesday. Ministry of National Defense spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he said that the ministry will hold a series of events aimed at reminding the public of ROC soldiers' contributions to the country and its triumph in the eight-year war that lasted from 1937 to 1945. About 3.21 million ROC soldiers and officers died or went injured or missing during the war, Luo said at a news conference -- the first held at the ministry's new compound in Dazhi District in Taipei since it opened in late December. The events will include a year-long exhibition at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei starting July 1, 2015, said Maj. Gen. Yu Tsung-chi, director of the Cultural Publicity and Psychological Operation Division under the ministry's Political Warfare Bureau. The exhibition will showcase historical photos and documents on significant battles during the war against Japan, along with videos detailing how the war was fought, Yu said at the news conference. In cooperation with Academia Historica, the ministry will organize another exhibition that will display a variety of artifacts and photos chronicling the ROC's fight against Japan and the allies' assistance to the ROC during World War II, he said. The ministry has also produced a special calendar to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory, according to Yu. A total of 10,000 of the Chinese version and 3,000 of the English version of the special calendars will be given away to the public and distributed to related agencies, Yu said. Among the memorial events scheduled will be five concerts in Kaohsiung, Taichung and Taipei, in which several pop singers and opera singers will be invited to perform songs related to the wartime effort, he said. "We are still finalizing the details of the concerts," he said, when asked which singers would participate. In addition, the ministry will publish a collection of paintings showcasing the war against Japan and emphasizing the ROC's leadership of China in fighting against Japanese forces. "The mistake of the invasion can be forgiven, but the history of blood and tears cannot be forgotten," Yu said, explaining that the events are aimed at helping the public learn more about a significant part of the ROC's history, not to revive the wounds of the past. The ROC government relocated to Taiwan in 1949 after losing to the Chinese communist forces in a civil war. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-29 08:03 GMT+08:00