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Mainland will welcome Taiwan's people to V-Day celebrations

Updated: 06 25 , 2015 10:05
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Ma Xiaoguang, spokeswoman of the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office (SCTAO), answers questions at a regular press conference on Jun. 24,2015.

BEIJING -- The Chinese mainland welcomes people from all walks of life in Taiwan, including veterans who fought the war and their relatives, to attend the mainland's commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, told a press conference that the victory in the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression was "owned by the entire Chinese nation."

"Both battlefields, behind enemy lines and the front-line, played an important role," Ma said.

People on both sides of the Taiwan Straits should commemorate the victory together, he said, adding that he hopes the two sides respect the memory of revolutionaries who fell in the conflict, remember history, inherit the spirit and safeguard the fruits of the anti-Japanese war and unite to work for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Some Kuomintang (KMT) veterans will take part in a military parade in Tian'anmen Square on Sept. 3, Victory Day, organizers said on Tuesday.

"KMT troops played an important role in the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression," Major-general Qu Rui, one of the parade organizers, said at a press conference.

This will be the first time China has held a parade to commemorate the events at the end of the war.

Japan signed the formal surrender on Sept. 2, 1945, and China celebrated its victory the following day. After the war, KMT forces led by Chiang Kai-shek were defeated in a civil war by the Communist Party of China and fled to Taiwan in 1949.