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Taiwan open to China's proposal to share wartime records

Taiwan open to China's proposal to share wartime records

Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???) said Saturday that Taiwan is open to a recent proposal by Beijing to share historical materials and co-author history books about events related to the Second Sino-Japanese War from 1937-1945. "We're keeping an open mind. We're willing to work together under the principles of equality, reciprocity, open archives, unrestricted access, and no restrictions on research topics," Ma said. Participation by foreign scholars and experts should also be considered, he said. "We believe that if both sides can squarely face the facts of history, we can bring the people on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait closer together, and that will benefit the development of cross-strait relations," the president said. Ma made the remarks in his National Day address. Taiwan was highly critical of China's activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II and the Sino-Japanese War in September. It said Beijing distorted the historical record by giving Communist forces far greater credit for resisting Japanese aggression than they deserved and shortchanging the efforts of the Nationalist forces. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-22 04:55 GMT+08:00