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Beijing acknowledges KMT's fight against Japanese army

ROC Central News Agency

2015/08/30 23:55:55

Beijing, Aug. 30 (CNA) China's top Taiwan affairs official on Sunday acknowledged the Kuomintang's (KMT's) contributions to China's War of Resistance against Japan during World War II.

Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), head of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, told visiting former KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰)that the KMT took the lead in fighting the Japanese on the front line while the Communist Party of China (CPC) played a leading role "from behind the enemy line" during the 1937-1945 war against Japanese invasion.

"This is our view of that period of the Chinese history," Zhang was quoted by Chang Jung-kung (張榮恭), former deputy secretary general of KMT, who is now Lien's aide.

During a dinner party hosted by Zhang, Zhang praised Lien for making a historic visit to China in 2005 in his capacity as KMT chairman under great pressure, according to Chang.

Ten years later, Zhang continued, Lien is showing great courage and perseverance to visit China again, simply to continue a path that he had blazed -- the path of a peaceful development of cross-Taiwan Strait ties.

In response, Lien told Zhang that commemorating the end of the war against Japanese invasion and fascist aggression is a "solemn business" that matters to both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

"I have participated in KMT-staged commemorating activities in Taipei, and now I'm here to participate in mainland-staged activities," Lien was quoted as saying.

Asked how Lien was reacting to criticism in Taiwan that he should not attend CPC-staged war-commemorating events, Chang said Lien has "seen a lot" over the past 10 years and is this time "taking things as nothing unusual."

Other Taiwanese political figures who will also attend the commemorative events include New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming and People First Party Secretary General Chin Chin-sheng.

Lien, Yok and Chin will visit Marco Polo Bridge and Wanping City the following day -- sites of the first battle between the Republic of China troops and Japanese invaders in July, 1937 that ushered in an eight-year war between the two East Asian countries.

They are also scheduled to attend a dinner party hosted by Yu Zhengsheng, head of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference later on Monday.

In the morning of September 1, Lien and the others are to meet with CPC General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People.

On Sept. 3, they will observe a military parade in Beijing -- the main event marking the end of the second Sino-Japanese war.

(By Lawrence Chiu and S.C. Chang)

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