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Military display held to commemorate victory over Japan (update)

Military display held to commemorate victory over Japan (update)

Taipei, July 4 (CNA) The Republic of China armed forces staged a military display Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of the ROC's 1945 victory in the War of Resistance against Japan. The event, which took place at an Army base in Hukou, Hsinchu County, was presided over by President Ma Ying-jeou (???) and attended by senior government officials, foreign officials posted in Taiwan and many others. In his address, Ma praised the contribution of ROC soldiers and officers who fought in the war and said they will never be forgotten. He also noted that Chiang Kai-shek (???) led the ROC military in the eight-year war, fighting numerous battles before eventually securing victory. A total of 3,858 military personnel participated in the display, which featured a flyover, following a series of martial arts and marching band performances. It was a cloudy day, with occasional drizzle. Sixty-four military aircraft participated in the flyover, including the U.S-made AH-64E Apache attack helicopter, the Army's most advanced attack helicopter; the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter and the P-3C submarine-hunting aircraft, also bought from the U.S. Other helicopters taking part included the EC225 and the S-70C, used for rescue missions, the OH-58D reconnaissance helicopter and the AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter. The F-16, Mirage 2000-5 and Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF) jets -- Taiwan's main combat aircraft -- also participated. However, two of the participating IDFs swayed noticeably as they flew over the sky in front of the review stand, said Lt. Gen. Chang Che-ping (???), spokesman for the Air Force. The swaying occurred due to turbulence from bad weather conditions, he said, but praised the pilots' performance in taking control of the fighters to nearly regain formation with the other jets. As part of the commemorative activities, the Air Force painted special markings on one of the F-16s and one of the IDFs that participated in the flyover. On the F-16, there is a cartoon-like flying tiger painted on the fuselage along with a shark's mouth on the nose of the fighter, to commemorate the contributions of the American Volunteer Group (AVG), better known as the Flying Tigers, to the ROC's fight against Japan. Similarly, the special designs for the IDF included a shark's mouth on the nose of the fighter and 12 blue and white stripes -- a symbol of the 12 rays of sun on the ROC national flag -- on the tail of the fighter. The markings commemorate the Chinese-American Composite Wing, a joint U.S.-ROC air force unit that existed from 1943-1945, the Air Force said. During the parade that followed the flyover, weapons systems and aircraft used in the war against Japan passed the review stand, along with Taiwan's most advanced weapons systems and vehicles. The parade included the display of a replica Curtiss P-40 Warhawk plane, which had five miniature Japanese national flags painted on the fuselage to represent the five Japanese planes shot down by a ROC pilot during the war. The P-40 was a widely produced American fighter plane during WWII and was flown by the Flying Tigers. A total of 24 veterans who fought in the war also participated in the parade, receiving tributes for their courage in defending the country. Highlights of the military display included a rapid assault drill in which army special forces soldiers rappelled from three Black Hawk helicopters to the ground. They were joined by soldiers riding motorcycles from a CH-47SD transport helicopter after it landed to fight a simulated enemy force. Foreign officials present at Saturday's 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. In 1937, the Communist Party of China and the Kuomintang agreed to cooperate to defend China against a Japanese invasion, though that cooperation was often cursory at best. The ROC government relocated to Taiwan in 1949 after losing to the Chinese communist forces in a civil war. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-27 01:07 GMT+08:00