MND urges vet­er­ans not to at­tend China WWII events

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

The Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense ( MND) yesterday urged R.O.C. vet­er­ans not to at­tend the World War II com­mem­o­ra­tive ac­tiv­i­ties to be held in main­land China next month in or­der to up­hold na­tional dig­nity.

Ahead of the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party’s mil­i­tary pa­rade in Bei­jing on Sept. 3 as part of its com­mem­o­ra­tion of vic­tory over Ja­pan dur­ing WWII, the MND said in a state­ment that re­tired Tai­wanese mil­i­tary per­son­nel should re­frain from join­ing such events.

Vet­er­ans par­tic­i­pat­ing in com­mem­o­ra­tive events on the other side of the Tai­wan Strait will cause mis­un­der­stand­ings among R.O.C. cit­i­zens about Tai­wan’s armed forces and cause trou­ble for the gov­ern­ment, it noted.

“The his­tor­i­cal fact is that the R.O.C. gov­ern­ment led the re­sis­tance against Ja­pan dur­ing World War II, and the his­tor­i­cal fact can­not be dis­torted,” the MND noted.

For­mer R.O.C. Pres­i­dent Chi­ang Kai-shek, who served as chair­man of the Na­tional Mil­i­tary Coun­cil of the Na­tion­al­ist gov­ern­ment of the R.O.C., led the coun­try to vic­tory in the Sec­ond Sino-Ja­panese War that lasted from 1937 to 1945, the MND added.

It noted that Tai­wan has been hold­ing a se­ries of com­mem­o­ra­tions to mark the 70th an­niver­sary of the R.O.C.’s vic­tory over Ja­pan in the Sec­ond Sino-Ja­panese War over the past sev­eral months, in­clud­ing the large-scale public mili- tary dis­play on July 4 that fea­tured the R.O.C.’s re­cently ac­quired mil­i­tary air­craft and lo­cally de­vel­oped weapons.

Other events also in­clude com­mem­o­ra­tive ex­hi­bi­tions, a mu­si­cal and the be­stow­ing of medals to vet­er­ans or their de­scen­dents as a way of honor­ing those who fought dur­ing the eight-year war, it added.

The mil­i­tary will con­tinue to hold such events to honor tens of thou­sands of R.O.C. sol­diers and cit­i­zens who sac­ri­ficed dur­ing the war with Ja­pan and to show the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity the R.O.C’s role in the great war, it noted.

The MND state­ment came af­ter lo­cal media re­ported that many re­tired Tai­wanese mil­i­tary per­son­nel have been in­vited to the mil­i­tary pa­rade in Bei­jing.

For­mer premier and de­fense min­is­ter Hau Pei-tsun ( ) was also quoted by lo­cal media yesterday, call­ing vet­er­ans not to join in main­land China’s cel­e­bra­tions.

If they in­sisted on do­ing so, they should first give up the re­tire­ment pen­sion the R.O.C. gov­ern­ment is giv­ing them, Hau said.

Tai­wan has been hold­ing such cel­e­bra­tions this year amid warn­ings from lo­cal law­mak­ers and scholars that it could lose the bat­tle over whether history views the KMT R.O.C. gov­ern­ment or the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party as con­tribut­ing more to the de­feat of Ja­pan in WWII.

The R.O.C. gov­ern­ment moved to Tai­wan in 1949 fol­low­ing a civil war with the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party.

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