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Lien Chan returns to Taiwan from China
【Politics】2015-09-04  00:51:20

Taipei, Sept. 3 (CNA) Under criticism from his co-partisans, as well as from the opposition camp, former vice president and former ruling Kuomintang's (KMT) chairman Lien Chan (連戰) returned to Taiwan Thursday night from his controversial visit to Beijing.

In addition to meeting Chinese President and Communist Party of China General Secretary Xi Jinping (習近平) Wednesday, Lien attended the massive military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the War of Resistance against Japan's aggression (1937-1945) earlier Thursday.

Upon arriving at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Lien declined to answer questions raised by reporters but only waved his hand and smiled.

Lien and his wife left rapidly the airport through a VIP channel in a bid to avoid facing a great number of protesters gathered at the Second Terminal of the airport, most of them are members of the youth group of the pro-independence Taiwan Solidarity Union.

Nevertheless, the protesters threw shoes to members of Lien's entourage, who left the airport via the ordinary channel, to show their angers at Lien's attendance at the parade.

At the invitation of the Chinese authorities, Lien was given a front-row seat along with dignitaries from other countries during the parade in Tiananmen Square.

Without naming names, Charles Chen (陳以信), spokesman of the Presidential Office, said earlier that day that President Ma 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."

Meanwhile, KMT spokesman Yang Wei-chung (楊偉中) said that it's regrettable and incomprehensible that Lien attended the military parade in Beijing on the same day when the ROC marked Armed Forces Day.

He reiterated 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.

The KMT candidate for the presidential election to be held in January 2016, Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), also expressed regret over Lien's presence at the parade, indicating 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.

Hung stressed that it was the Chinese Nationalist, or the KMT, forces, not the communists, that led the fight against the Japanese.

(By Romuo Huang)
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