Officials won’t attend China parade: KMT
Former VP Lien is expected to meet with Xi Jinping in Beijing
Former Vice President Lien Chan ( ) will visit mainland China on Sept. 1, where he is expected to meet with Xi Jinping and attend a military parade commemorating the end of World War II, his office confirmed yesterday.
Lien’s spokesperson, former KMT Deputy Secretary-General Chang Jung-kung ( ) confirmed that in accordance with activities planned for visiting heads of state, Lien will attend China’s military parade planned for Sept. 3. South Korea and the U.S. are not planning to attend the events.
Chang added that details regarding a meeting with Xi are still being hammered out. The proposed meeting would be the third between the two statesmen, with the other meetings happening in February, 2014. Lien will visit China in a personal capacity, and will be accompanied by his wife Lien Fang-yu ( ) and aides including Chang and former KMT Vice Chairman Lin Fengcheng ( ). According to Lin Yi-hua ( ), chair of the KMT's Culture and Communications Committee, currently serving party officials will not attend the military parade. It was also confirmed that former Premier and Chief of the General Staff of the R.O.C. Armed Forces Hau Pei-tsun and former KMT Chairman Wu Pohhsiung will not be attending events in China.
The Presidential Office and the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) reiterated previous statements, discouraging former government and military officials from visiting the mainland during the commemorative events, stressing the need for them to “consider societal perceptions.” The government also supported the MAC’s stance calling on civilians visiting China to sufficiently make note of the R.O.C.’s leading role the War of Resistance against Japan.
Lien Knows Where To
Draw Line: Hung
Meanwhile, while campaigning yesterday in New Taipei, KMT presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu was upbeat about Lien’s scheduled visit, saying that it would bolster cross-strait ties. She said she did not believe that Lien’s attendance during the military parade would adversely affect her standing in the elections. “Anything that can aid in the development of cross-strait peace is a good thing,” she said. “I believe he knows on the inside where to draw the line.”
Deal with War’s Interpretations: Tsai
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen stated that the KMT should “deal with” differing interpretations of World War II, in which mainland China’s version differs from accounts of the ruling party. She also emphasized that aside from its military parade, China needed to consider the peace, security and stability of Asia.