.AIT director joins Tsai at 823 ceremony

‘LONG, PROUD HISTORY’: Brent Christensen also paid tribute to two US soldiers who died on Kinmen while defending it with Republic of China soldiers

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 24, 2020
By: Lu Yi-hsuan and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer

President Tsai Ing-wen, front, accompanied by National Security Council Secretary-General Wellington Koo, second left, American Institute in Taiwan Director Brent Christensen, fifth right, and others, holds up a wreath yesterday during a ceremony in Kinmen County to pay tribute to the soldiers who died during the 823 Artillery Bombardment in 1958.
Photo: CNA

An American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) director for the first time yesterday joined a Taiwanese president to commemorate the 823 Artillery Bombardment of 1958.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) laid a wreath and bowed her head in respect at a memorial park in Kinmen County to mark the 62nd anniversary of the beginning of the bombardment, also known as the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis.

AIT Director Brent Christensen also offered his respects, standing behind Tsai.

Like Tsai, Christensen did not make public comments.    [FULL  STORY]

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