Date: Sep 05, 2015
By: Jake Chung / Staff writer, with CNA
People First Party (PFP) Secretary-General Chin Chin-sheng (秦金生) yesterday said he was not present at a military parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second Sino-Japanese War — an apparent attempt to distance himself from a controversial China trip.
A public furor has followed the trip by Taiwanese political figures, particularly former vice president Lien Chan (連戰) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), to Beijing to attend the military parade, with many saying the visit, without any public statements to correct the Chinese on “historical truths,” was the equivalent of capitulating to China.
The PFP has tried to maintain an open channel of communication with China since its members first visited the country in 2005, Chin said, adding that such channels were for the benefit of Taiwan, cross-strait relations and the future of Taiwan’s young people. [FULL STORY]