Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

President kicks off exhibition on ROC's 1937-1945 war against Japan

President kicks off exhibition on ROC's 1937-1945 war against Japan

Taipei, Aug. 29 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???) on Saturday kicked off an exhibition held by the Navy in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Republic of China's war against Japan and conferred medals on ROC veterans who fought in the war. As part of a series of events in Taiwan to mark the anniversary of the end of the war (1937-1945), the exhibition is taking place in the southern city of Kaohsiung until the end of October, the Navy said. Presided over by Ma, the opening ceremony was also attended by ROC veterans. During the ceremony, they received commemorative medals from the president in recognition of their contributions to the country's victory over Japan in 1945. It was a tough fight against Japan, Ma said at the ceremony, according to a statement issued by the Presidential Office. Only until the past two decades, several books and academic papers have begun to reveal that chapter of history, which had been buried since the outbreak of the Chinese civil war in the late 1940s and almost forgotten in the following years when the world entered the Cold War, he said. During the eight years of hostilities, there were 22 major engagements, 1,000-plus major battles and more than 38,000 small battles, leaving 3.22 million ROC soldiers and officers dead, Ma said, describing it as the toughest fight in the history of all Chinese people. At the time, the ROC Navy had to fight against a much more modernized Japanese naval force, which had bigger ships in its fleet, he said. The exhibition features the history of the ROC Navy and displays artifacts and photos chronicling the Navy's efforts to fight Japan during the war. Exhibits on display also include paintings and graphics portraying the ROC's war efforts during the eight years of resistance, the Navy said. Earlier in the day, the president visited the naval base in Zuoying, Kaohsiung, to preside over an autumn memorial ceremony for martyrs. The ceremony was held to honor the ROC soldiers who died during the war against Japan and the subsequent conflict across the Taiwan Strait. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-20 20:25 GMT+08:00