Tsai travels to Kinmen to mark 70th anniversary of battle

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 23 October, 2019
By: John Van Trieste

President Tsai Ing-wen has traveled to the outlying island of Kinmen to mark 70 years since the Battle

President Tsai Ing-wen commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Guningtou Wednesday by leading a memorial ceremony.

of Guningtou. During the battle, the island’s defenders repulsed an attempted invasion by Chinese Communist forces.

On Wednesday, Tsai awarded badges to surviving veterans of the battle and led a memorial service at one of the island’s graveyards. Tsai said that during the battle, troops, officers, and local civilians came together, showing Communist invaders their determination to defend the country.

She said that without the defenders of Kinmen, Taiwan would not enjoy the freedom, democracy, and prosperity it does today. She also said the battle is a reminder that peace does not come about by making compromises or backing down.

Tsai spoke about her administration’s work to advance Taiwan’s national defense, including projects to make Taiwan self-sufficient in terms of armaments. These include projects to build military aircraft and ships.    [FULL  STORY]

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