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PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 September, 2005, 12:00am

We can forgive but not forget, says Lien Chan

Lien Chan, former chairman of Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang, said Chinese could forgive but not forget Japanese aggression in the second world war. In an interview with mainland media, Mr Lien said: 'For our past enemies, we can forgive but not forget. Only if we can face history correctly, can we have a correct attitude to face the future.'

Mr Lien also criticised Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party for avoiding history by choosing not to criticise Japan over the invasion of China. 'At such a juncture, the Chinese Nationalist Party [Kuomintang] has a historic responsibility to ensure that history is being recognised correctly.'

He also said estimates by historians showed more than 30 million Chinese - civilians and soldiers - died during the war and their sacrifice must not be overlooked. 'Their sacrifice was not for any particular political party. They sacrificed themselves for the survival, dignity and future of the Chinese race.' Staff Reporter