Politicians avoid commenting on Lien’s September trip to mainland China
Former Vice President Lien Chan’s ( ) planned attendance at a military parade in Beijing on Sept. 3 has drawn heavy criticism, and many politicians who once worked with Lien in the government have shied away from the issue.
Lien and many retired generals have been invited by Beijing to attend events marking the 70th an- niversary of the end of World War II, with the Sept. 3 military parade considered to be the highlight of the festivities.
The Republic of China ( Taiwan) has been adamant that the Communists did little to resist Japanese aggression during the 1937-1945 Sino-Japanese War and that the events being held by Beijing are distorting the historical record.
Former Vice President Vincent Siew ( ) and two former secretary-generals of the National Security Council — Su Chi ( ) and Hu Wei-chen ( ) — declined to comment when asked about Lien’s planned presence at the military parade.
Hu, whose late father Gen. Hu Tsung-nan was a commander during the war against Japan, said the victory over Japan was attained thanks to the eight years of resistance by the Nationalist Chinese army under the leadership of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and it would not be proper for retired generals to attend the celebrations in China.
On Sept. 3, 1945, Japan surrendered to the Nationalist Chinese government and the anniversary should be celebrated here in Taiwan by the Republic of China, Hu said.
The Republic of China was the name used for all of China from 1912 to 1949, but the R.O.C.’s seat of government moved to Taipei after the Nationalist government was defeated by the Communists in the Chinese civil war and retreated to Taiwan.