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Lien's attendance of China's WWII anniversary parade improper: Ma

Lien's attendance of China's WWII anniversary parade improper: Ma

Taipei, Aug. 29 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???) said Saturday that it is "inappropriate" for former Vice President Lien Chan (??) to attend the World War II commemorative activities in Beijing, including a military parade next week. Ma said that Presidential Office and Mainland Affairs Council officials have made it clear that it is inappropriate for Lien to attend the military parade in Beijing. "This is the Republic of China government's stance (on the issue)," he said in response to reporters' questions on Lien's controversial visit to China. He made the remarks at a polling station in Taipei set up to elect the ruling Kuomintang's central standing committee members. Lien, a former KMT chairman, also visited the same station to vote, but did not take any questions from the media. Lien's aide Chang Jung-kung (???), former deputy secretary-general of the KMT, told reporters Saturday that the purpose of Lien's visit to China is to pursue "peace in the Taiwan Strait and stability in the region." Chang stressed that Lien will give "appropriate accounts" of the historical facts. Both sides of the strait have different versions of the Second Sino-Japanese war history, he said. That war, also known as China's War of Resistance against Japan (1937-1945), was a part of World War II, in which Japan and the other Axis Powers were defeated by the Allied Powers in 1945. Bilateral dialogue will help open new doors for both sides of the strait to address their differences on that part of history, Chang said. On Wednesday, Chang said that Lien will visit China to attend World War II commemorative activities in Beijing, including a military parade on Sept. 3. Lien is scheduled to depart for China on Sunday and will hold a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) on Sept. 1. The Republic of China government has maintained that the communists played only a minor role in China's war efforts led by the KMT government at the time. 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. Beijing has planned a series of events marking the 70th anniversary of "the Chinese people's victory" over Japan in the war that ended in 1945. (By Claudia Liu and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-17 13:14 GMT+08:00