Fri, Aug 21, 2015 - Page 4 News List

Ma defends KMT role in Japanese war

Staff writer, with CNA

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday reiterated that the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government was the vanguard during China’s War of Resistance against Japan, while the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) served as an assisting force.

Ma was attending a meeting of representatives of the Veterans Association of the Republic of China, which was held to celebrate its 27th anniversary and the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second Sino-Japanese War.

Quoting a speech by former Chinese president Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) when Beijing celebrated the 60th anniversary of the victory, Ma said: “The KMT government initiated battles at the front line, and the Communist Party took charge of the rear,” saying that the remark was only half correct, since most attacks were initiated by the Nationalist government, while the CCP only participated in a few of them.

Ma said that upon learning that a new Chinese film, Cairo Declaration (開羅宣言), showed former CCP chairman Mao Zedong (毛澤東) playing a key role in the Cairo meeting, he said: “This is a big joke,” because Mao never attended the summit.

It is important for people to know that the KMT government initiated most of the battles during the war, the president said, adding that people should show humility when dealing with historical facts.

Cairo Declaration has drawn criticism and ridicule on social media since the release of the movie trailer and promotional posters attempting to put Mao at the center of a World War II summit that he never attended.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top