Mon, Jul 23, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Ministry considering military parade

AFP , TAIPEI

Taiwan is considering staging its first National Day military parade in more than a decade to show off its arms capability, a spokesman for the defense ministry told reporters yesterday.

"We may hold a military parade on the National Day ... so that the training results of the armed forces could be presented before the eyes of our countrymen," Major General Yu Sy-tue (虞思祖) said.

But Yu said the proposal was pending a final decision by the ad hoc National Day celebrations committee to be presided over by Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平).

The military parade would be the first such show since 1991, when thousands of military cadets and rank and file troops goose-stepped through the square in front of the presidential office to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Republic of China.

The Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times sister newspaper) said jets would fly by during the celebrations while tanks, missiles and other weaponry would be on display.

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