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Taiwan holds events to mark end of ROC's 8-year war against Japan

Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a commemorative event Tuesday, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of Japan submitting the instrument of surrender at the end of World War II, which also marked the end of the Republic of China's War of Resistance against Japan (1937-1945). The event to mark the 70th anniversary of the ROC's victory in the war was attended by President Ma Ying-jeou (???), Foreign Minister David Lin (???), and other senior Taiwanese government officials and foreign officials based in Taiwan. The eight-year war against Japan, which later became a part of WWII, was the largest-scale war in the history of the Chinese people, Ma said at the event. The unrelenting effort of the ROC military made it possible to achieve victory over the much more modernized Japanese military at the time, he added. During that war, about 3.22 million ROC soldiers and officers and more than 20 million civilians died, according to estimates. Ma said the commemorative events were being held not to tout the ROC's victory, but to pursue peace. "Our belief is that the aggression might be forgiven, but the truth behind the war cannot be forgotten," Ma said. Citing the Cairo Declaration, the Potsdam Declaration and the instrument of Japanese surrender, the president noted that Taiwan, a colony of Japan from 1895 to 1945, was returned to the ROC after the end of the WWII. Also attending the event was David Roosevelt, the grandson of the late U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt; Mary Jean Eisenhower, the granddaughter of the late U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower; and Clifton Truman Daniel, the grandson of the late U.S. President Harry S. Truman, who were invited by the ROC government to attend events in commemoration of the war. It was an honor to attend the event, said David Roosevelt, adding that the ROC made a huge sacrifice during the war. "For that, we thank you and we honor you on this evening," he said. Speaking on behalf of the three descendants of the late U.S. leaders, Roosevelt said that the three former U.S. presidents "shared one very strong belief," which was "to build a world of peace and love between all nations and all people." Their grandfathers provided economic and military assistance to the ROC during the eight-year war against Japan and also during the subsequent Cold War. Tuesday's commemorative event included a concert at which the Taipei Symphony Orchestra Chorus and local singer Mei Dai (??) performed six songs related to that period in history. There was also a screening of five English-language short films produced by the foreign ministry to highlight the ROC's fight against Japan and its contribution during WWII. The films, all available on YouTube, are titled "Snapshots of the War of Resistance against Japan," "Three Overlooked Facts about WWII," "Without the Republic of China's Contribution, WWII Would Have Taken a Different Course," "Why the Republic of China is Owed a Debt of Gratitude," and "Settlement, Colonialism and Modernity." (By Elaine Hou)

Updated : 2021-09-28 15:27 GMT+08:00