Taiwan's Ministry of Nat. Defense rebuffs Transitional Justice Commission proposals

The MND released a press release after the TJC's biannual report stating the MND would 'maintain the status quo' with regard to statues and depictions of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek

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Changing of the guard ceremony inside the CKS Memorial

Changing of the guard ceremony inside the CKS Memorial (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) –The Executive Yuan’s Transitional Justice Commission (TJC) held a meeting on Monday, Dec. 17 to mark the release of a biannual progress report on the work of pursuing transitional justice, and to announce plans for a new public database on the White Terror period.

In the report, the TJC called for the authoritarian aspects of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall to be eliminated. The TJC also called for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) to support the work of transitional justice, by assisting to remove statues of Chiang Kai-Shek from public places.

The MND responded to the TJC requests within hours of the report being issued. The Ministry said that they will continue to “maintain the status quo” with regard to statues and depictions of Chiang Kai-Shek, indicating that they will take no immediate action based on the suggestions from the TJC.

In the press release, the MND emphasized that Chiang was an important figure in the founding of the national army, as the first president of the country’s military academy.

The release states that the MND upholds its original responsibility to ensure the defense, survival, and development of the country, and to fight for the safety and well-being of the people in Taiwan.

As for the changing of the guard and the flag raising ceremonies, along with the military presence at the CKS Memorial, the MND says that it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Culture to establish designations for national monuments.

If the Ministry of Culture changes the CKS Memorial’s official designation and recommends removal of the honor guard stationed there, then the MND will address the matter accordingly, reports UDN.