By: Zep Hu, Chou Yi-ling and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, May 24 (CNA) Kitchen knives being made in Kinmen from old artillery shell
casings symbolize that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have buried the hatchet and are working for peace, a Chinese official said Sunday in the Taiwan-held outlying county.
Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), the head of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO, 國台辦), also said he hoped the two sides could maintain peace while visiting the steel knife factory that makes knives from the shells fired by China at Kinmen between 1958 and 1978.
During the 1958 Taiwan Strait Crisis, the People’s Liberation Army fired around 450,000 shells at the Kinmen Islands located just kilometers off China’s coast to try to retake them from the Republic of China (Taiwan).
More recently, Kinmen has become famous for its production of cleavers made from the PLA shells. [FULL STORY]