Mao Ze­dong de­pic­tion in film a big joke: Ma

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou Thurs­day re­it­er­ated the fact that the Na­tion­al­ist gov­ern­ment was the vanguard dur­ing the eight-year war (1937-1945) of re­sis­tance against Ja­pan, while the com­mu­nist party at the time served as an as­sist­ing force.

Pres­i­dent Ma at­tended the Mem­bers’ Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Meet­ing of the Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion of the Re­pub­lic of China, which was held to celebrate its 27th an­niver­sary and the 70th an­niver­sary of the vic­tory in the War of Re­sis­tance Against Ja­pan.

He quoted a speech by for­mer Chi­nese pres­i­dent Hu Jin­tao when China cel­e­brated the 60th an­niver­sary of the vic­tory over the war: “The Na­tion­al­ist gov­ern­ment ini­ti­ated bat­tles at the front line, and the com­mu­nist party took charge of the rear,” say­ing that the re­mark was only half-cor­rect, since most at­tacks where ini­ti­ated by the Na­tion­al­ist gov­ern­ment, while the com­mu­nist party only par­tic­i­pated in a few of them.

He also said that upon learn­ing the news about the new Chi­nese film “Cairo Dec­la­ra­tion” show­ing Chair­man Mao play­ing a key role in the meet­ing, which in fact Mao never at­tended, “This is a big joke.” He added that it is im­por­tant that peo­ple know the fact that the Na­tion­al­ist gov­ern­ment ini­ti­ated most of the bat­tles dur­ing the war is un­change­able, and that peo­ple should be hum­ble when deal­ing with his­tor­i­cal facts.

The new Chi­nese film “Cairo Dec­la­ra­tion” has been fac­ing a back­lash and ridicule on so­cial media since the re­lease of its trailer and pro­mo­tional posters at­tempt­ing to put Mao Ze­dong at the cen­ter of a Sec­ond World War sum­mit which he never at­tended.

CNA

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou speaks at the Mem­bers’ Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Meet­ing of the Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion of the Re­pub­lic of China in Taipei, yesterday. Ma said that the new Chi­nese film “Cairo Dec­la­ra­tion” show­ing Chair­man Mao play­ing a key role in the meet­ing “is a big joke.”

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