Of­fi­cials won’t at­tend China pa­rade: KMT

For­mer VP Lien is ex­pected to meet with Xi Jin­ping in Bei­jing

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY YUAN-MING CHIAO

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.

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