’LIPS AND TEETH’:The president used his speech as an opportunity to celebrate what he called ‘the closely intertwined relationship between Taiwan and the ROC’
Date: Oct 26, 2015
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday said that commemorating the 1945 recovery of
Taiwan by the Republic of China (ROC) is an unshirkable responsibility of each and every ROC president.
Ma made the remarks at a celebration marking the 70th anniversary of “Retrocession Day” at the Zhongshan Hall in Taipei, where the then-ROC government accepted the surrender of Japan.
Retrocession Day, on Oct. 25 is the day the KMT say Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) and his Nationalist forces liberated Taiwan in 1945 after 50 years of Japanese occupation and Taiwan’s supposed return to Chinese rule.
“On the 70th anniversary of Taiwan’s retrocession, we chose to expand the scale of the annual celebration, because today is also the day we celebrate the closely intertwined relationship between the ROC and Taiwan, which are as close as lips and teeth,” Ma said. [FULL STORY]