Politi­cians avoid com­ment­ing on Lien’s Septem­ber trip to main­land China

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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