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Taiwan's return to motherland is a family affair

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

10-27-2015 15:33 BJT

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By Wan Lina, special contributor to Taiwan Study, Revolutionary Committee, Chinese Kuomintang

The day, Oct. 25, 1945, marked the end of the 50-year Japanese occupation of Taiwan, while in the rest of China, an eight-year war of resistance against Japan's invasion ended with victory. World War II had concluded a few weeks earlier with the defeat of Fascist nations. Taiwan's return to the motherland was achieved due to the efforts of all Chinese, including Taiwan compatriots.

 

The day, Oct. 25, 1945, marked the end of the 50-year Japanese occupation of Taiwan.

The day, Oct. 25, 1945, marked the end of the 50-year Japanese occupation of Taiwan.

Oct.25, 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the recovery of sovereignty over Taiwan. Yu Zhengsheng, Chinese top political adviser, delivered a speech at a grand gathering to commemorate the anniversary at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Oct. 23, 2015.

Meanwhile, in the same Zhongshan Hall where Japan surrendered seven decades ago in Taipei, more than 1,000 people attended a ceremony on Oct.25 to mark the 70th anniversary of the island's recovery from Japanese occupation.

Ma Ying-jeou, the island's leader, said the war of resistance against Japanese aggression was the national defense of the largest scale, heaviest casualties and deepest impact in Chinese history.

Ma added that because of the victory of this war, Taiwan was recovered from Japanese occupation. It is a duty of every leader of the island to commemorate this part of history.

Taiwan has been part of China since ancient times. In 1895, when China was defeated in the first Sino-Japanese War, the Qing government was forced to sign the unequal Treaty of Shimonoseki, ceding Taiwan and its affiliated islands to Japan.

However, Taiwan people would rather die for Taiwan than surrender. The first day when the Japanese army set foot on Taiwan, they suffered Taiwanese's resolute resistance, and nearly 650,000 Taiwan people had died in the war.

In 1937, an anti-Japanese war took place in mainland China. Holding the faith that "To save Taiwan should save the motherland first",  more than 50,000 Taiwan compatriots joined. It’s the mission of all Chinese to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

History has proven that Taiwan compatriots contributed much to the victory. Taiwan's return to the motherland has been a joyful event for the Taiwan people and a glory of the whole Chinese nation.

The world recognizes that Taiwan is part of China. Although Taiwan and mainland China has not been united since 1949, China's sovereignty and territorial integrity has not been severed and the fact that the two sides belong to one China has not changed.

Most Taiwan people agreed that they belong to the Chinese nation and are looking forward to brighter prospects of relations across the Taiwan Straits. In view of history, it is easy to see that compatriots across the Strait are of one family who had experienced ordeals together and have shared a historical memory. Taiwan's destiny has been closely related to the motherland.

Taking history as a mirror, we can review the past and forecast the future. As Yu Zhengsheng said at the commemorative gathering that we should remember the historical lessons, cherish the memory of martyrs, carry forward the spirit of anti-Japanese war, seek for peaceful development and devote ourselves to the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Ma Ying-jeou, the island's leader, also expected that the Taiwan people should understand the cruelty of war and the arduous course of resistance against Japanese aggression, and cherish the present peace and prosperity.

 

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