By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Ma Ying-jeou added his voice Saturday to the chorus of
critics of former Vice President Lien Chan, saying he should not be going to China to watch its September 3 World War II victory parade.
After Lien, who has visited China several times, announced he would be attending the event marking the 70th anniversary of the victory over Japan, several government and political leaders criticized his decision. Government departments and Kuomintang Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin said no Taiwanese leaders should be present because Beijing presented the victory as solely a communist achievement, neglecting the KMT’s participation in the war.
As the president visited the Taipei City Council Saturday, reporters as usual tried to question him about current news. In contrast to usual practice, Ma actually stopped to answer a question about Lien’s latest China plans. [FULL STORY]