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Lien's attendance at China parade 'regrettable': KMT
【Politics】2015-09-03  21:07:19
Taipei, Sept. 3 (CNA) The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) spokesman Thursday expressed deep regret over former KMT Chairman Lien Chan's (連戰) presence at a massive military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the War of Resistance against Japan (1937-1945) in Beijing held earlier that day, saying that his attendance was beyond understanding.

Lien was given a front-row seat along with dignitaries from other countries during the parade in Tiananmen Square.

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) finds it "very saddening and regrettable" that some people from Taiwan attended the military parade in Beijing and believes the move "has deviated from the country's position and has failed to meet the people's expectations," said Charles Chen (陳以信), a Presidential Office spokesman conveying the president's opinion over the matter.

KMT Culture and Communications Committee vice chairman Yang Wei-chung (楊偉中) later reaffirmed that the Republic of China (ROC) government led China to victory in the war against Japan's invasion and the KMT is absolutely sticking to its stance of upholding the value of democracy, Taiwanese identity and the ROC's factual leadership status in the history of the war against Japan.

Yang said that it's regrettable and incomprehensible that Lien would attend the military parade in Beijing on the same day when the ROC marked Armed Forces Day.

Asked about what subsequent measures the KMT will take to handle Lien's presence at the military parade, Yang said that the party will deal with the matter according to the existing mechanism and consider the opinions of other party members.

Yang reiterated that the ROC government led China to victory in the eight-year war is an undeniable and historic fact, and expressed regret that the Chinese authorities have not faced history squarely.

Also Thursday, Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), the KMT's candidate for the presidential election to be held in January 2016, also expressed regret over Lien's presence at the parade, according to a statement issued by her campaign office.

Hung said that Lien did not take into account the sentiment of his compatriots about Beijing's repeated claims of the pivotal role played by the Chinese Communists in the war against Japan, reiterating that it was the Chinese Nationalist forces, not the communists, that led the fight against the Japanese.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen, Jay Chen and Evelyn Kao)
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