Want China Times
By: CNA and Staff Reporter
China’s top Taiwan affairs official on Sunday acknowledged the Kuomintang’s contribution to China’s War of Resistance against Japan during World War II.
Zhang Zhijun, head of the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office, told visiting former KMT chair Lien Chan that the KMT took the lead in fighting occupying Japanese forces on the front line while the Communist Party of China played a “leading role from behind the enemy line” during the 1937-1945 war against Japanese invasion that became a theater of World War II.
“This is our view of that period of the Chinese history,” Zhang was quoted by Chang Jung-kung, former deputy secretary general of KMT, who is now Lien’s aide. The PRC government has traditionally played up the role of Communist guerrillas in the war of resistance and airbrushed the contribution of the regular Republic of China army under Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, which did the majority of the fighting in China. To watch any of the countless movies or TV dramas about the war on Chinese television is to get the impression that Mao’s Communists defeated the Japanese single-handed. [FULL STORY]