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Taiwan to mark 70th anniversary of end of Second Sino-Japanese war

2015/03/28 20:46:12

Taipei, March 28 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said the government will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second Sino-Japanese War with a series of commemorative events this year.

Rana Mitter, an Oxford University professor and author of "Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945," will be invited to Taiwan to take part in the commemorative events, Ma said while attending an arts event held by the General Association of Chinese Culture.

A grandson of John Rabe, a German businessman who helped 200,000 people evade slaughter during the Nanking Massacre in 1937 and 1938, will also visit Taiwan, during which he will accept a citation conferred by the government on Rabe, Ma said.

The president said the purpose of the commemorative events will be to highlight the determination of the Republic of China (Taiwan) government to pursue peace and also ensure that history is not forgotten without propagating hate or a desire for revenge.

He expressed the hope that the Chinese and Japanese can get along peacefully with each other for good.

The president also mentioned "Azaleas," a touching song written by late musician Huang You-di during the Second Sino-Japanese War to cheer up soldiers and their families.

Ma recalled that he visited Huang at his sickbed when Huang was very ill in 2010, and when he sang the song to Huang, Huang began to cry.

(By Wang Ching-yi and Y.F. Low)
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