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Ma presents commemorative medals to ex-U.S. presidents' descendants

Ma presents commemorative medals to ex-U.S. presidents' descendants

Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday presented commemorative medals marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II to visiting descendants of former U.S. presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. The medal presentation was part of a series of activities marking the Republic of China's victory in the Sino-Japanese War, which was a part of World War II. During the presentation ceremony to David Roosevelt, Clifton Truman Daniel and Mary Jean Eisenhower, Ma also expressed the ROC's gratitude for their grandfathers' assistance to the ROC during the eight-year war against Japan. During the meeting, Roosevelt presented Ma with duplicates of several WWII documents, including photos of his grandfather attending a military strategy meeting in Honolulu in July 1944, a duplicate of a memorandum the president signed with the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force in 1941-1942 -- nicknamed the Flying Tigers -- and a duplicate of the Cairo Declaration. Ma said the meeting, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the day the Japanese envoy signed the Instrument of Surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri Sept. 2, 1945, was of great significance. Looking back at the eight-year Second Sino-Japanese War, Ma said that the two countries fought in 22 major engagements, 1,171 minor engagements and 38,931 skirmishes. The Chinese casualties numbered at least 20 million, including 3.22 million soldiers, according to the president. In 1941, former U.S. President Roosevelt dispatched 100 fighter planes to come to the ROC's aid and allowed members of the Flying Tigers to help the ROC fight in the war, the president added. Ma also said that former U.S. President Eisenhower played a key role during WWII because he led the Allied forces to victory in Europe. He was the only American president to have visited the ROC in Taiwan while in office. Eisenhower also provided financial aid of up to US$1 billion to Taiwan during his eight years in office, laying the foundation for Taiwan's development into one of the four Asian tigers, which refers to the highly developed economies of Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-21 20:30 GMT+08:00