KMT vet­er­ans to be fea­tured in main­land China mil­i­tary pa­rade

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

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:

MND

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.

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