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Taiwan's Defense Ministry criticizes Lien's remarks on war

Taiwan's Defense Ministry criticizes Lien's remarks on war

Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) took issue Wednesday with remarks by former Vice President Lien Chan that gave credit to Communist forces for resisting Japanese aggression during the Second Sino-Japanese War from 1937 to 1945. MND spokesman Luo Shou-he said the ministry "cannot accept and agree with" the comments made by Lien in China, saying they have "deviated from historical facts."
During a meeting with Communist Party of China (CPC) General Secretary Xi Jinping in Beijing Tuesday, Lien said ROC troops, led by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, engaged directly with Japanese troops in major battles, handing the Japanese major setbacks.
But he also contended that CPC troops, led by Mao Zedong, tied down the Japanese enemy behind its lines.
The Defense Ministry disagreed.
"Whether on the front lines or behind enemy lines, the ROC government led the campaign," Luo said at an event celebrating Armed Forces Day, which falls on Thursday.
Generalissimo Chiang led the nation against the aggressors, and "the historical facts cannot be distorted or tampered with in any way," Luo said.
On Thursday's military parade in Beijing that will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the "Chinese nation's" victory in the Sino-Japanese War, Luo said ROC retired generals should firmly support the government and not travel to the mainland to attend such activities.
He urged them to "safeguard national and historical dignity and avoid causing misunderstandings among the public and trouble for the government."
Beijing has invited Lien and other ROC retired generals to attend a series of events for the anniversary, with the Sept. 3 military parade considered to be the highlight of the festivities.
Lien's visit has not been endorsed by the government.
It is "inappropriate" for him to visit China, the Presidential Office said before his visit.
The Republic of China (now the official name for Taiwan) has been adamant that the Communists did little to resist Japanese aggression during the 1937-1945 Sino-Japanese War and that the events being held by Beijing distort the historical record. (By Lu Hsin-hui and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-20 10:41 GMT+08:00