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Japanese envoy to be invited to July military display: MND

Japanese envoy to be invited to July military display: MND

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) Taiwan is inviting foreign ambassadors and representatives posted in the country, including those from Japan, to attend a military display in July to mark the 70th anniversary of the Republic of China's victory over Japan in the Second Sino-Japanese War. The eight-year war against Japan (1937-1945) was a part of World War II, in which Japan and the other Axis Powers were defeated.
The Ministry of National Defense is extending its invitation to foreign ambassadors, representatives and military attaches posted in Taiwan to the July 4 event at an Army base in Hukou, Hsinchu County, said Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he.
Luo said that the ministry will send a formal invitation to the Japanese envoy in the coming days and has already contacted the Taipei Office of Japan's Interchange Association to inform them of the event, he added.
An official at the Interchange Association told CNA that they had not received the invitation and thus could not comment on whether Japan's representative to Taiwan, Mikio Numata, will attend.
Foreign officials invited to the event also include those from the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Luo said. The AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties.
The invitations to foreign officials stationed in Taiwan to attend the July 4 event is following precedent, as such invitations are normally extended for large-scale events and major military drills, Luo said.
More than 3,800 military personnel will participate in the military display, and almost 300 vehicles will be on show in a parade, the military said. The display will also include Taiwan's most advanced weapons systems.
After the end of the Sino-Japanese War in 1945, the Chinese civil war intensified and the ROC government relocated to Taiwan in 1949 following its defeat at the hands of Chinese communist forces.
(By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-06-24 19:50 GMT+08:00