By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Vice President Lien Chan is giving the international community a wrong impression by visiting China at this time, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party said Tuesday.
Lien’s decision to attend a September 3 parade in China commemorating the 1945 World War II victory over Japan has been widely condemned, with even President Ma Ying-jeou describing the trip as inappropriate. Taiwanese leaders are especially displeased at the Chinese Communist Party’s portrayal of itself as the leading force of the resistance against Japan during the 1937-1945 war.
As a former vice president of Taiwan, Lien’s actions not only go completely against the feelings of the Taiwanese people but also give an erroneous message to the international community, DPP spokesman Cheng Yun-peng said Tuesday. [FULL STORY]