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Beijing cannot take all credit in war against Japan: Truman's grandson

Beijing cannot take all credit in war against Japan: Truman's grandson

Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) It would be "disingenuous" for Beijing to take all the credit for the War of Resistance against Japan between 1937 and 1945, the grandson of the late U.S. President Harry Truman said Tuesday during a visit to Taiwan to attend events in memory of the end of the war. Clifton Truman Daniel said at a news conference that if Beijing takes sole credit for the resistance against the Japanese during the war, it is "taking credit for something China did together." His remarks came in response to questions on Beijing's apparent attempt to exaggerate the communist force's role in the Republic of China's victory in the Sino-Japanese War, which was a part of World War II. The ROC government maintains that the communists played only a minor role in China's war effort, 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 the Japanese invasion, but the cooperation was often cursory at best. The ROC government fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing to the Chinese communist forces in a civil war. Also on a visit to attend commemorative events in Taiwan are David Roosevelt, a grandson of the late President Franklin Roosevelt, and Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of the late President Dwight Eisenhower. In response to the same question, Roosevelt said his understanding is that a number of people played a major role in the resistance movement against the Japanese, including those who were "sympathetic to the communist ideology" and most definitely those who were "sympathetic to the democratic ideology." For her part, Eisenhower said that "what makes Taiwan special is the acknowledgement that we all did it together." At Tuesday's event, Roosevelt was also asked about a new Chinese film titled "Cairo Declaration" showing Chairman Mao Zedong playing a key role in the meeting. The movie has been facing a backlash and ridicule on social media since the release of its trailer and promotional posters attempting to put Mao at the center of a Second World War summit that he never actually attended. "I definitely was not aware of this (movie,)" Roosevelt said. "Frankly I did not realize Chairman Mao was at the Cairo Conference," he said. "And if he was, exactly what was his role?" He added that "certainly we know Chiang Kai-shek and we know the importance of his role" in the conference. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-21 14:16 GMT+08:00