By: Jocylin FC, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Former president Lee Teng-hui angered Kuomintang (KMT) when he told the Japanese
magazine, Voice, during the interview that Taiwan was part of Japan 70 years ago so Taiwanese did not fight in China’s War of Resistance against Japan. This contradicts what President Ma Ying-jeou recently said at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Republic of China’s (ROC) war against Japan. Lee told the press on August 22 that he was stating a historical fact which is known by all Taiwanese who are over 70 years old. “Why should I apologize?” said Lee.
Lee attended Lee Teng-hui Foundation’s fundraising dinner on August 22. He said politicians should tell the truth. Taiwan was part of Japan at that time; of course there wouldn’t be “China’s War of Resistance against Japan” in Taiwan. Everyone who is over 70 years old knows this fact. China’s War of Resistance against Japan occurred in mainland China and it was fought by KMT. “KMT do not need to stir up nationalism and punish me with their views just because the election isn’t going well for them,” said Lee. [FULL STORY]