Sir, Your editorial (“ China’s parade sends an unmistakable message”, September 4) epitomises a grand ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war. This of course does not mean Beijing can steal credit for leading the war effort. The historical facts must be made clear. The Chinese Communist party must not downplay the fact that it was Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist forces, not Chairman Mao’s guerrillas, that took the fight to the Japanese. The Nationalist government’s contribution to the war must be acknowledged, especially with respect to the Kuomintang’s role as leader of the war effort.
Research Fellow, Institute for
Washington DC, US
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