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President lauds contribution by veterans in war against Japan

President lauds contribution by veterans in war against Japan

Taipei, July 4 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???) lauded the contribution of veterans who fought in the War of Resistance against Japan, during a military display on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of the Republic of China's victory in the war. In his speech, Ma said to the veterans: "the government will never forget you and neither will the whole world," praising their bravery in defending the ROC and doing much to undermine the combat capability of the Japanese military in World War II. The war between the ROC and Japan (1937-1945) was part of World War II, in which Japan and the other Axis Powers were defeated. A total of 134 ROC veterans who fought in the war attended the display, during which they received commemorative medals in recognition of their service in safeguarding the country. The historical truth that Chiang Kai-shek led the ROC military in the eight-year war against the Japanese invasion, fighting numerous battles and securing ultimate victory cannot be distorted, Ma said. The event to mark the ROC's victory was aimed at condemning invasions and promoting peace, not igniting hatred, Ma told attendees, including senior government officials and foreign officials posted in Taiwan. Members of the diplomatic corps in Taipei present at the event included the representatives of South Korea, Germany and Australia, as well as ambassadors from Palau and Kiribati, according to the Ministry of National Defense. Makoto Ogata, an official with the Taipei Office of Japan's Interchange Association -- which represents Japan's interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties -- also took part. He is a retired officer in the Japanese military. Nearly 3.22 million ROC servicemen and officers died, were injured or went missing during the war, including the deaths of 268 military officers, according to Ma. Meanwhile, the president lauded the performance of military personnel in the display. "The drill went very well," Ma said, praising the servicemen who prepared for months. Saturday's military display began with a drill by army special forces demonstrating their combat skills, followed by marching band performances, a flyover and a parade. The flyover was followed by a parade, in which weapons systems and aircraft used during the war against Japan, as well as Taiwan's advanced weapons systems and vehicles, passed in front of the review stand. The event also included an assault drill in which Army special forces rapelled from three Black Hawk helicopters to the ground, where they were joined by other soldiers riding motorcycles from a CH-47D utility helicopter after it landed, to fight a simulated enemy force. The display is among a series of events planned by Taiwan's military to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. In 1937, the Chinese Communist Party and the Kuomintang agreed to work together to fight against Japan following its invasion of China, though that cooperation often existed more in name than reality. The ROC government relocated to Taiwan in 1949 after losing a civil war to the Chinese communist forces. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-23 01:57 GMT+08:00