BEIJING China on Wednesday described landmark Taiwan protests against Nationalist troops in 1947 as component of China’s liberation battle that Taiwan independence forces were trying to hijack, ahead of commemorations up coming week for the 70th anniversary.
The “228 Incident”, as it is recognised in Taiwan, has in modern decades come to be a rallying place for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which favors official independence for the democratic, self-dominated island China promises at its individual.
Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist troops set down rioting sparked on Feb. 28, 1947, by a dispute involving tobacco brokers and a cigarette vendor in Taipei.
That led to island-wide protests against the Nationalists, who two decades later took refuge on Taiwan right after dropping a civil war to the Communists and imposed martial regulation on Taiwan until eventually 1987, ruling with an iron fist and locking up dissidents.
An Fengshan, spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Business office, reported the “228 Incident” was a “just motion” by men and women in Taiwan against dictatorship and to struggle for their essential rights.
“It is component of the Chinese people’s liberation battle,” An explained to a frequent information briefing.
“For a prolonged time, this incident has been made use of by specific Taiwan independence forces for ulterior motives,” he added.
“They have distorted historic reality, instigated contradictions based on provincial origin, tearing at Taiwan’s ethnic groups, developing antagonism in society,” An reported. “I believe the motives behind this are genuinely despicable.”
Feb. 28 is a countrywide getaway in Taiwan, marked by solemn ceremonies for the dead and affirmations from politicians and the sitting president for Taiwan’s vivid democracy.
China is deeply suspicious of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, who won election final 12 months, suspected she and her celebration want to push for the island’s official independence, a purple line for Beijing. Tsai says she needs to sustain peace with China.
Proudly democratic Taiwan has revealed no curiosity in wanting to be dominated by autocratic China.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard)