MND wel­comes main­lan­ders to take part in victory cel­e­bra­tions

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

The Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense ( MND) yes­ter­day said it wel­comes Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China na­tion­als who took part in the Sec­ond Sino-Ja­panese War to par­tic­i­pate in events to be held in Tai­wan to com­mem­o­rate the 70th an­niver­sary of the R.O.C.’s victory over Ja­pan in the eight-year war.

Main­lan­ders are wel­come to par­tic­i­pate in the events that will dis­play his­tor­i­cal ar­chives to be launched later this year to com­mem­o­rate and honor R.O.C. sol­diers’ con­tri­bu­tions to the coun­try and its tri­umph in the war that lasted from 1937 to 1945, mil­i­tary spokesman Luo Shao-he (

) said yes­ter­day. “We do wel­come those ( main­land) Chi­nese na­tion­als who par- tic­i­pated in the eight- year war to join the cel­e­bra­tion events in Tai­wan as long as they are in­ter­ested in do­ing so,” Luo.

How­ever, they can­not par­tic­i­pate in a mil­i­tary dis­play to be staged on July 4 to show­case R.O.C. mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties at a pa­rade ground in Hs­inchu County, Luo said.

The Reg­u­la­tion Gov­ern­ing the Ap­proval of Peo­ple of the Main­land Area Vis­it­ing Tai­wan for Pur­poses of Tourism (

) stip­u­lates that PRC na­tion­als are not al­lowed to visit mil­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties dur­ing their stay in Tai­wan for se­cu­rity rea­sons, he said.

The Cabi­net an­nounced ear­lier this year that it will hold a to­tal of 16 ac­tiv­i­ties to be held July 7 to Oct. 25 na­tion­wide.

Com­pris­ing book launches, film screen­ings, his­tor­i­cal ar­chive ex­hi­bi­tions and in­ter­na­tional seminars, the events fo­cus at­ten­tion on the ef­forts of the R.O.C. in win­ning the Sec­ond Sino-Ja­panese War.

The MND later an­nounced that it will hold a public dis­play fea­tur­ing some of the high-tech equip­ment used by the R.O.C. Armed Forces and it will in­vite Pres­i­dent Ma Ying­jeou to pre­side over the event.

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