By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Kuomintang’s Evaluation and Discipline Committee
might consider sanctions against the party’s honorary chairman Lien Chan over his controversial presence at a Beijing military parade, Chairman Eric Liluan Chu said Friday.
Lien returned to Taiwan amid protests late Thursday following his attendance at China’s celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II victory against Japan. His visit met with widespread condemnation inside Taiwan, with even President Ma Ying-jeou criticizing him. The KMT’s main qualm is that Lien’s presence lent support to China’s official version of the war, which claims the Communist Party was the leading force in offering resistance against Japan, and not the KMT government led by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.
Serving KMT officials should not have gone to China to attend the military parade, so they will be judged by the relevant party authorities, Chu told reporters Friday. He said the Evaluation and Discipline Committee and the Central Standing Committee were to discuss the matter. [FULL STORY]