Want China Times
By: CNA and Staff Reporter
The “return” of Taiwan to the Republic of China in 1945 is a historical fact, the head of
Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang, Eric Chu, said Sunday, adding that he hoped the ruling and opposition parties would stop arguing over the issue.
Chu, who is also New Taipei mayor, made the statement when attending a commemorative event to mark Taiwan Retrocession Day on Oct. 25 in New Taipei.
Chu, who is the KMT candidate in the presidential election in January, told reporters that the people of Taiwan should face history together, including the period from Japanese colonial rule (1895-1945) to retrocession, when the Japanese governor-general of Taiwan turned over power to authorities of the Kuomintang (Nationalist) government of the Republic of China.
Chu also said he believed how the opposition Democratic Progressive Party views this period of history to be important. The DPP appears almost certain to claim the presidency on Jan. 16 next year and could also gain a parliamentary majority for the first time in legislative elections held on the same day. [FULL STORY]