By: L.J. Liu and Lillian Lin
Taipei, Sept. 4 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said on Friday that people who claimed that no Taiwanese under Japanese colonial rule had resisted against Japan failed to learn historical truths, citing the story of Lee Yu-pang (李友邦, 1906-1952), leader of a group of resistance fighters called Taiwan Volunteers (台灣義勇隊) in the anti-Japanese war from 1937 to 1945.
The President pointed out that as a matter of fact, Taiwanese resistance against Japanese broke out immediately after the signing of Sino-Japan Treaty of Shimonoseki in 1895, when Taiwan was ceded to Japan. That was long before the resistance war against Japanese invasion on the Chinese mainland.
Later, during the Second Sino-Japanese War in China, a group of Taiwanese also traveled to the mainland to join the effort to defend China against Japan’s aggression, Ma pointed out. [FULL STORY]