The China Post news staff
Politicians love to make issues out of non-issues. One case in point is a visit Lien Chan, honorary chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT), is paying to Beijing where he will meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who doubles as general-secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and watch with him a military parade at Tiananmen Square to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan on Sept. 3. Politicians of the ruling and opposition parties alike oppose the Lien visit as one “detracting from the dignity of the nation,” which he doesn’t do at all. President Ma Ying-jeou even tried to dissuade him from visiting Beijing, while concerned top government officials wish he would do what he can to make it clearly known across the world that China’s eight-year War of Resistance against Japan was led by President Chiang Kai-shek.
Why bother? Isn’t it already known throughout the whole world Chiang led the war fought from July 7, 1937 till Aug. 15, 1945 when Emperor Hirohito ordered Japan’s unconditional surrender to the Allies, including the Republic of China? Japan formalized the end of the war on Sept. 3 by presenting an instrument of surrender to Gen. Douglas A. MacArthur, supreme commander of the Allied Powers, aboard the USS Missouri at Tokyo Bay. A representative of the Republic of China signed the instrument, right after Gen. MacArthur did on what has come to be known as Victory over Japan Day. The KMT should take responsibility for the controversy its honorary chairman has brought up by deciding to participate in the military parade while visiting Xi. KMT opposition has been made clear by President Ma and the Mainland Affairs Council; the party can formally clarify that while it does not forbid its member from undertaking such a sensitive visit in his personal capacity due to respect for freedom of speech, Lien’s appearance doesn’t represent the party’s position.