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Changhua DPP members vow to defend ROC

By Yen Hung-chun and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Democratic Progressive Party Changhua County councilors clench their fists while holding Republic of China national flags outside Yuanlin Station in Yuanlin yesterday. The banner reads: “The name of our country is the Republic of China.”

Photo: Yen Hung-chun, Taipei Times

Changhua County Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members yesterday vowed to defend the Republic of China (ROC), waving the ROC flag and chanting: “Long Live the ROC” at a rally outside Yuanlin Station in Yuanlin to support DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) announcement that she would attend Double Ten National Day celebrations.

“Taiwan is the ROC and the ROC is Taiwan,” DPP county chapter director-general Chen Chin-ting (陳進丁) said, adding that the ROC is slowly unraveling under President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and has constantly been belittled by the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

National dignity is eroding under Ma and former vice president Lien Chan (連戰) is also abasing himself to Chinese whims and following its version of history, Chen said, adding that both men, despite being members of a party that is technically the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) archnemesis, have no regard for the ROC.

Following the ROC’s defeat in the Chinese Civil War, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government retreated to Taiwan, while the CCP founded the PRC.

Both nations are still technically at war as no official peace treaty has been signed or ratified, Chen said.

If the KMT is gutless and afraid of revoking Lien’s party membership, it is in essence giving up the nation’s dignity, Chen said, adding that should this be the case, the DPP would step up to defend the ROC and Taiwanese dignity.

Chen was refering to Lien’s controversial visit to Beijing last week to attend a military parade in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Sino-Japanese War.

Chen called for DPP members nationwide to hang ROC flags outside their homes to show that they love Taiwan and the ROC.

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