Lien Chan’s Beijing visit a let down for Taiwan

Want China Times
Date: 2015-09-04

On Sept. 3, Beijing marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World

PLA soldiers at the military parade in Beijing, Sept. 3. (Photo/CNS)

PLA soldiers at the military parade in Beijing, Sept. 3. (Photo/CNS)

War and Japan’s formal surrender to the Allied forces with a military parade–the first since Chinese president Xi Jinping took office in 2013.

In Taiwan, the public’s focus on Beijing’s commemorative event has been on former vice president and Kuomintang honorary chair Lien Chan’s attendance, since the military display has been linked to the revival of the Chinese nation and Xi’s “Chinese Dream.”

Before Lien’s departure for China, the Taiwanese government called on people attending the Beijing event to insist on the principles of dignity and reciprocity and to promote the fact that the Nationalist government led the fight against Japan during the war.

Lien himself also said that during his visit he would make sure that Beijing is aware of the views in Taiwan, as he was scheduled to meet with Xi before the military parade.     [FULL  STORY]

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