The 70th anniversary of D-Day was two days ago. On June 6, 1944 the Allies launched by far the largest amphibious assault against the Germans at Normandy, France. Ever since the end of the World War II, every year on this day the world has seen overwhelming media coverage of Normandy landing. These news reports remind the world of the ambition and aggression of dictators and how they were stopped; they also serve to remind the world not to forget the sacrifice of those who fell fighting the Nazis. I would say those heroes in Heaven must have felt comforted because they have been remembered.
Yet it is sad that hundreds of thousands of Chinese soldiers who had sacrificed themselves fighting Japanese aggressors since 1931 could not have got the same treatment as their Allied counterparts. Why aren’t our dead heroes honored and remembered?
The main reason was that the winning Republic of China was bitterly defeated in the civil war that broke out immediately followed the end of the World War II by the Chinese Communist Party. Twenty-two years after the CCP established their regime, the People’s Republic of China in Beijing, the ROC lost her seat in the UN and ceased to be the sole representative of China. Since then, PRC has been holding the pen to write their version of World War II history in China Theater.
Driven by the CCP to Taiwan, the Republic of China, now more commonly known as the Republic of China (Taiwan) or just as Taiwan, under the strong rule of Kuomintang, still stood firm in interpreting the history of her struggle against Japanese invasion from 1931 to 1945. However, after the KMT lost the election to the opposition Taiwan-independence stricken DPP in 2000, this part of history had ceased to be treasured. Things have not changed even since the KMT regained its power in 2008.
In contrast, the PRC, for propaganda purposes, long insisting that it was the CCP who led the people to oppose Japanese invaders, in recent years has begun to recognize the contribution and the sacrifice made by the ROC troops during World War II.
It is hoped that one day Chinese historians will faithfully give our World War II veterans their place back.