By Ko Lin
Presidential Office spokesperson Charles Chen cited President Ma Ying-jeou’s regret over former vice president Lien Chan’s presence at the Chinese military parade Thursday, as the nation celebrated the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War II.
“His conduct is way off the line and beyond the government stance,” Chen cited.
In his opening speech during the Republic of China (Taiwan) Armed Forces Day ceremony on Thursday, which also coincides with the mainland’s celebration, Ma again reiterated that “it was the R.O.C., not the Chinese communists, that led China to victory in its War of Resistance against Japan 70 years ago.”
Beijing is currently holding a massive military parade to celebrate that victory, claiming the Communist Party of China played a “pivotal” role in China’s war efforts from 1937 to 1945.
On Tuesday, Lien told Chinese President Xi Jinping that the Chinese Communist Party forces led by Mao Zedong effectively pinned down and intercepted the Japanese on the battlefield behind enemy lines.
Seen by many as a slap in the face for several KMT heavyweights, the former VP’s trip to China has garnered huge criticisms at home, including Ma, who called the trip “inappropriate” and that it is against the R.O.C. stance.
Lien was seen seated next to his wife on the front row of the spectator stage at the Tiananmen Square on Thursday.