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U.S. recognizes Taiwan's commemoration of WWII anniversary

U.S. recognizes Taiwan's commemoration of WWII anniversary

Washington, Sept. 4 (CNA) Both sides of the Taiwan Strait have held events respectively to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, but the United States has appeared to recognize Taiwan's commemoration of the anniversary of the war rather than that of Beijing. In commemoration of what it considers its victory over Japan in the war, Beijing held its biggest display of military might Thursday in Tiananmen Square, an event shunned by most Western leaders. The parade showcased an array of China's latest self-developed weapons systems. In Taiwan, the Republic of China government invited descendants of late U.S. presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower to attend commemorative events in a show of the historical significance of the two countries' fight during the war. Mark Toner, deputy spokesman of the U.S. State Department, said that the U.S. does not question or challenge Beijing's right to host this kind of commemorative event. "We've consistently shared with our Chinese counterparts our desire to see these types of events highlight the themes of reconciliation and healing," he said during a daily news briefing Sept. 3. Compared with China, Taiwan has been going with a "softer" way to commemorate the WWII anniversary, including holding concerts, exhibitions and international conferences and publishing books related to that part of history. Descendants of people with involvement in that period of history have also been invited to attend commemorative events in Taiwan. A source in the U.S. State Department said that Taiwan's commemoration is legitimate, including the invitation of descendants of the three former U.S. presidents to Taiwan. In a highly symbolic move, Taiwan's representative to the U.S. Shen Lyushun (???) attended an event in Washington, D.C. Wednesday to commemorate the Allied Forces' victory in the Pacific and the end of World War II. The event was co-hosted by the Friends of the National World War II Memorial and the U.S. National Park Service. China's ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai (???) did not attend the event even though he had been invited. Chinese officials have protested the inclusion of Taiwan's presence at the event. (By Tony Liao and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-25 10:30 GMT+08:00