MND to in­vite Ja­panese rep to mark vic­tory over Ja­pan

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

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.

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