By: Wang Shwu-fen and Elaine Hou
Taipei, Nov. 5 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) vowed to support the effort to seek justice for
Taiwanese veterans who fought in World War II and the Chinese civil war whether for the Republic of China or the Chinese communists, during a memorial service Saturday in Kaohsiung.
The term “Taiwanese veterans” refers to those who served in the Japanese military — when Taiwan was a colony of Japan (1895-1945) — and in the militaries of the ROC and the Chinese communists.
Japanese rule in Taiwan ended in 1945, when the ROC took over the island. The ROC government retreated to Taiwan in 1949 after it lost the Chinese civil war to the Chinese communists.
These veterans are part of the collective memory of the Taiwanese people and the government will support the effort to seek historical justice for them, Tsai said at the memorial service to commemorate Taiwanese veterans, held at War and Peace Memorial Park and Theme Hall in the port city in southern Taiwan. [FULL STORY]