Ma ex­presses much grat­i­tude for WW2 al­lied forces, de­scen­dents

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY GRACE TING- ANN LEE

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying- jeou ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the de­scen­dents of al­lied forces who as­sisted in the na­tion’s air force dur­ing the Sec­ond Sino-Ja­panese War, yesterday, fol­low­ing the screen­ing of a doc­u­men­tary film that he at­tended.

Af­ter the pre­miere of “The Rock­ing Sky” ( ), sev­eral vet­er­ans of the war or their de­scen­dants were in­vited on stage to re­ceive a stand­ing ova­tion from Ma and the au­di­ence. Ma stated that dur­ing the eight years of war, many for­eign­ers helped the R.O.C. pull through the dif­fi­cult pe­riod, so the gov­ern­ment de­cided to in­vite al­lied forces to Tai­wan, in­clud­ing de­scen­dants of the Soviet Vol­un­teer Group, a vol­un­teer part of the Soviet Air Forces, and the Amer­i­can Vol­un­teer Group, also known as the Fly­ing Tigers.

“Not only sol­diers, but also many for­eign busi­ness­men, preach­ers and doc­tors pro­vided help — they are all bene­fac­tors of the R.O.C. and we should ex­press our up­most grat­i­tude,” Ma said, stat­ing that by ex­press­ing their grat­i­tude, “we can let them feel that we are a na­tion that val­ues history and re­la­tions.”

Be­fore the pre­miere, Ma said that ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics from the Academia His­tor­ica ( ), China en­dured 13,000 air raids by the Ja­panese, and over 250,000 bombs killed more than 90,000 peo­ple dur­ing the Sec­ond Si­noJa­panese War. The R.O.C. Air Force brought down 914 Ja­panese air­crafts and more than 600 on land. “Over 4,000 sol­diers were sac­ri­ficed in the war, mostly fighter pilots,” Ma said.

Liu Chao-shi­uan ( ), pres­i­dent of the Gen­eral As­so­ci­a­tion of Chi­nese Cul­ture (

), said that fighter pilots had a high death rate of 50 per­cent. The doc­u­men­tary in­cludes view­points from not only fighter pilots but also from three women, as fam­ily mem­bers of fighter pilots, who watch their loved ones fight and sac­ri­fice in war. Ma stated that view­ing history from the an­gle of fe­male fam­ily mem­bers “makes it very unique.”

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