ISSUE 63                                                                                 October 29, 2020
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Taiwan's DPP, KMT Take Opposing Stances on 75th Anniversary of Retrocession
The Kuomintang (KMT) held a concert commemorating the 75th anniversary of Taiwan's retrocession.
(Photo from: United Daily News)
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KMT and China Celebrate, DPP Overlooks 75th Anniversary of Taiwan’s Retrocession

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While the Kuomintang (KMT) and the mainland China hosted multiple events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Taiwan’s retrocession on October 25, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Taiwan did not organize any event of celebration. Not only did members of DDP and President Tsai Ing-wen declined to participate in celebration activities organized by the KMT, the DPP also condemned KMT for concurring with the Chinse Communist Party.  

 

On October 25, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang delivered remarks at a Retrocession Day concert. In his speech, Chiang indicated that while Taiwan’s government had forgotten about the importance of Retrocession Day, mainland China had deliberately expanded its celebration. That is why the KMT decided to take up the responsibility to remind everyone of this important Taiwanese history, which should not be neglected or buried. According to Chiang, Retrocession Day has at least the following important points of significance to the people of Taiwan. On legal terms, citizens in Taiwan were no longer treated as second-class citizens. Economically speaking, Taiwan was no longer colonized by Japan and thus had the freedom to develop its economy independently. On political terms, Taiwan began its journey into freedom and democracy, implementing citizen elections. And finally, culturally speaking, Taiwanese and Chinese cultures were able to reconnect once again.

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Zhongshan Hall in Taipei. In 1945, Chief Executive Chen Yi of Taiwan Province accepted Japan's surrender in Taiwan on behalf of the Republic of China government, officially reclaiming Taiwan as R.O.C. territory.
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National Glory Consistently Ignored, Let Alone Taiwan’s Retrocession

United Daily News, October 25, 2020

 

On the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, there are many critical historical memories being evoked. One of them is the dispute between two sides cross the Taiwan Strait over commemorating the retrocession of Taiwan. The other is when the United Nations Charter took effect, the Republic of China, esteemed for its achievement in fighting against Japan, was the first signatory of the charter. At the same time, some 70 years after the breakout of Korean War, Communist China commemorated in high profile the sending troops in October 1949 to assist North Korea to resist the United States. This war changed the world situation and the fate of Taiwan.

 

China linked the retrocession of Taiwan and assistance of North Korea to resist the United States by holding a planned series of high-level commemorative events. On commemorating the retrocession of Taiwan, the Chinese Communist Party stressed that not an inch of land was allowed to be split from the country. And on commemorating assisting North Korea to resist the United States, Xi Jinping stressed “Chinese people have been organized and are not to be provoked.” In commemorating historical events, the Communist Party aimed to shout out to Taiwan and the United States but evaded many historical facts.

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From: https://udn.com/news/story/7338/4961798

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Chinese President Xi Jinping recently gave a strong speech which stressed treating aggressors using war to end war and military force to end aggression. China should use win peace and respect with victory.
(Photo from: China Times)

Xi and Wang's Warning Fires First Shot in South China Sea

By Chen Hsi

China Times, October 24, 2020

 

On October 22, at a seminar in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Taiwan’s Retrocession, Chairman Wang Yang of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) reiterated that peaceful unification under “One Country, Two Systems” has always been the policy of mainland China. In history, Chinese unification has always been by force and gave rise to the tragedy of internecine war. At present, Wang said, no one wants to see the repetition of this tragedy. So even there is a slight possibility of peaceful unification, China will do its best to avoid a war in the Taiwan Strait. However, if Taiwan colludes with foreigners to build itself up, then a war will break out. China is not afraid of war, but if there is foreign intervention for Taiwan's Independence, then there is no room for peace.

 

On October 23, at the 70th Anniversary of the Korean War, President Xi Jinping, quoting Chairman Mao, said that the Chinese people have been organized and are not to be messed with. If you mess with them, you will not be happy. Xi added that the Chinese people will fight head on against aggression and division of our sacred land. Xi also criticized the United States that any hegemony, bully will not work, they will die in a dead end. Xi went further: Against aggressors, China will use the language they understand, to end war with war, to win peace and respect with victory.

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From:https://www.chinatimes.com/opinion/20201024003234-262105

This Week in Taiwan
The U.S. Department of State recently approved the sale of three articles of military equipment to Taiwan, totaling $1.8 billion. This is the eighth arms sale to Taiwan under the administration of President Donald Trump. Pictured above are coastal defense cruise missiles that Taiwan procured from the United States.
(Photo from: United Daily News)
October 19: October 21 marks the second-year anniversary of the Puyuma Express train derailment incident. The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) released a final investigation report. According to four key pieces of evidence, the train was speeding at 140 kilometers (about 87 miles) per hour before it overturned. But the TSB stressed that the operator should not assume all the blame. Multiple factors led to the train's overturn. 
 
October 19: The inoculation of middle-aged adults between ages 50 and 64 with publicly-provided influenza vaccines has been postponed. Premier Su Tseng-tseng apologized to the people. He said that although the government prepared more doses this year compared to last year, but factors like the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic stimulated demand, and the government failed to properly plan the distribution order of vaccination. 
 
October 20: The National Day banquet organized by the Taipei Trade Office in Fiji on October 8 was attended by about 100 guests. Two mainland Chinese diplomats entered by force and took photos of guests. Taiwanese diplomatic officers attempted to thwart the disruption but were struck by the intruders, which led to light brain concussion. The disruption was revealed by Fiji media 10 days later and provoked uproar across political parties within Taiwan and criticism of China's so-called "wolf warrior diplomacy."
 
October 22: The U.S. Department of State approved and notified Congress on October 21 the sale of three articles of arms, including AGM-84H/K SLAM-ER cruise missiles, M142 HIMARS rocket launchers, and multi-spectral sensors for General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon jets. The arms sale will amount to US$1.8 billion and is the eighth arms sale to Taiwan under the administration of President Donald Trump. 
 
October 24: Thus far, a total of 48 people have died after being vaccinated against influenza in South Korea, stirring concern within Taiwan. According to the Centers for Disease Prevention, Ministry of Health and Welfare, more than 4 million doses have been inoculated throughout Taiwan. A total of 51 cases exhibited adverse reaction, including 12 more serious cases, but they may not be related to the vaccines. At the moment, no abnormality has been observed. 
 
October 24: The Hoover Institution at Stanford University publicized the diaries of late President Chiang Ching-kuo in February. Upon the invitation of Fair Winds Foundation, Research Fellow Kuo Tai-chun of Hoover Institution delivered remarks on Chiang's diaries. According to Kuo, the diaries reveal that Chiang was sick almost every week in his final years. While enduring immense bodily pain, President Chiang used his determination to promote Taiwan's democratic reform.
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