KMT veterans to be featured in mainland China military parade
Chinese Communist Party’s military parade office chief Chu Ruei ( ) yesterday said that veteran soldiers of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) would be featured in the massive military parade that has been schedule for Sept. 3 this year.
Yesterday, CCP Central Committee Publicity Department Deputy Director Wang Shiming ( ) declared that China would be holding a massive military parade on Sept. 3 in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II.
During a press event yesterday, Wang said mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping ( ) would be present during the parade, and would be delivering a speech at Tiananmen, as well as hosting a commemorative banquet in honor of all veterans and their surviving family members. Recognition badges would also be presented to the veterans during the ball, Wang said.
The parade also will welcome leaders from around the globe, with Russian President Vladimir Putin already confirmed as an attending guest. While U. S. President Barack Obama has yet to respond to China’s invitation, Japan has confirmed that it’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, would not be attending the event.
Several elements would be spotlighted in the said parade, Chu claimed, including new for- mations and military marches from foreign armies like Russia to symbolize world peace.
Of the various features, KMT veterans are also scheduled to march in the parade. According to Chu, the KMT military played a crucial role that led to the victory of the Second SinoJapanese War, which is why the group has been planned into the march.
Reportedly, China has been recruiting veterans of KMT in Taiwan through various channels and connections established by its Taiwan Affairs Office.
Other than featuring KMT veterans, China has also said that a series of Taiwan- related events has been planned for before and after the parade, including academic symposiums with people from Hong Kong and Macau.
KMT Vets Should not be Featured as Publicity Stunt:
In response to news of China opting to feature KMT veterans in its military parade in the name of peace, the Ministry of National Defense ( MND) said through the Veterans Affairs Council (
) that it hopes and implores China to refrain from scheduling the event as a publicity stunt to promote itself.
The MND also said that history has proven that the victory of the Second Sino- Japanese War was led by the Republic of China, and should not be altered under any circumstances.