Military academy song lyric sparks row

The China Post
Date: November 6, 2016
By: The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Defense Ministry Saturday responded to a row over the military academy’s school song, with a military spokesman saying it would assess the possibility of changing the lyrics.

The row was triggered by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Liu Shih-fang, who argued at a recent legislative defense and foreign affairs committee meeting that the lyrics of the R.O.C. Military Academy’s (ROCMA) school song must be changed to reflect the troops’ allegiance to the country rather than to a specific political party.

Her demand drew an angry response from a retired general, Wu Si-huai, who called her “narrow-minded” and “ignorant” Saturday, which in turn prompted the legislator to accuse her critic of politicizing the issue.

In response to the quarrel, Chen Chung-chi, spokesman for the Defense Ministry, said the military “respects” the views of both sides.    [FULL  STORY]

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