Want China Times
By: Samuel Hui and Staff Reporter
Hau Pei-tsun, a former ROC premier and head of the country’s military, has said Taiwan
has more right than Japan and the People’s Republic of China to interpret the history of the Second Sino-Japanese War at an event held in Taipei to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory over Japan (the formal surrender was on Sept. 2, 1945) by the Chinese Women Party and our sister paper Want Daily on June 29.
“China was able to resist the invasion of an imperial power as a backward and divided nation due to the leadership of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek,” Hau said. “Under his leadership, China was able to abolish all the unequal treaties signed with Western powers 150 years ago and emerge as one of the world’s four great powers with the United States, Soviet Union and Great Britain.”
As an artilleryman who engaged imperial Japanese forces on the battlefield, Hau said that the right to interpret the history of the war of resistance belongs to the ROC government in Taipei, not to Beijing. While admitting a “limited contribution” by the Chinese Communist forces of Mao Zedong, he pointed out that both the Communist Party’s Eighth Route Army and New Fourth Army were nominally part of the ROC Armed Forces under the leadership of Chiang Kai-shek. [FULL STORY]