MND to invite Japanese rep to mark victory over Japan
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has planned to invite foreign ambassadors and representatives stationed in Taiwan, including those from Japan, to attend an upcoming military display next month to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the R.O.C.’s victory over Japan in the Second Sino-Japanese War.
Military spokesman Luo Shaoho yesterday told local media that it has been a long-time practice for the MND to invite foreign diplomats and military attaches to attend such MND-organized events or drills as special guests.
Asked if the Japanese representative in Taiwan will be among the guests invited, Luo said the MND has already telephoned Japan’s Interchange Association to inform them of the upcoming event.
An official invitation letter will be sent to the association in the coming days to officially extend the invitation to the representative, he noted.
Meanwhile, asked to comment on whether the association will send personnel to join the military display, Japan’s Interchange Association yesterday said it prefers not to comment on the issue since they have not yet received the MND invitation.
The association is the de facto Japanese embassy in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties.
The public military display set to feature some of the R.O.C.’s recently acquired military aircraft and helicopters is scheduled to be held on July 4 at a military parade ground in Hsinchu County and will be presided over by President Ma Ying-jeou.
To commemorate the contribution of R.O.C. soldiers to the country and its triumph in the war that lasted from 1937 to 1945, weapons and military aircraft that played a role in the eight-year war will also be displayed, including a replica of the P-40 fighter jet, a model that was used by members of the Chinese-American Composite Wing during World War II.
As part of the celebrations, the military said it will invite veterans who participated in the war to join the military display.