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Lien's presence at China parade 'saddening, regrettable': Ma
【Politics】2015-09-03  14:00:17
Taipei, Sept. 3 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) finds it "very saddening and regrettable" that some people from Taiwan attended a massive military parade in Beijing Thursday and believes the move "has deviated from the country's position and has failed to meet the people's expectations," a Presidential Office spokesman said.

Without naming names, Charles Chen (陳以信) made the comment as Lien Chan (連戰), a former vice president and chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), was given a front-row seat along with dignitaries from other countries during the parade in Tiananmen Square.

Although the Communist Party of China did contribute to the Republic of China's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression more than 70 years ago, Chen said it is an undeniable historical fact that China's war efforts were led by the National government headed by the KMT at the time.

Lien's insistence on attending activities commemorating China's victory over Japan 70 year ago in Beijing have drawn almost universal condemnation in Taiwan.

Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party and the party's presidential candidate, said that Lien's latest visit to China and his comments while in Beijing run counter to the perceptions of the Taiwan people.

The position that Lien has chosen has hurt the feelings of those who fought in the war and those of their descendants, she said.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen, Sophia Yeh and Jay Chen)
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