On Wednesday (10 October), the Kuomintang administration on the island of Taiwan celebrated its thirtieth anniversary with a parade in its capital Taipei.
On Wednesday (10 October), the Kuomintang administration on the island of Taiwan celebrated its thirtieth anniversary with a parade in its capital Taipei. The celebrations included a show of military equipment.
SYNOPSIS: Presiding over the parade was General Chiang Ching-Kuo, son of former Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-Shek. He took up his place on the platform overlooking Central Plaza Square in Taipei.
The parade got off to a colourful start, with balloons and fireworks appearing high above the three hundred thousand strong crowd.
Members of Taiwan's armed forces took part in the military part of the parade. They took the salute from General Chiang Ching-Kuo. Following behind were civilians carrying pictures of the Kuomintang movement founder Sun Yat-Sen and Chiang Kai-Shek.
Among the civilians taking part in the parade, were representatives from Taiwan's student, agricultural and anti-communist organisations. They were celebrating thirty years of the Kuomintang administration on the island as well as the sixty-eighth anniversary of the outbreak of Sun Yat-sen's revolution in Peking in nineteen-eleven. Among the spectators were a number of specially invited foreign dignitaries as well as tourists and sightseers.
The parade was described officially as an opportunity to display national solidarity. Earlier, fighter planes had flown over the crowd in a display of Taiwan's military capacity. Chiang Ching-Kuo and his fellow-leaders are reported to have stepped up their armed forces training programme following United States' recognition of the Peoples Republic of Chine last year.