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Taiwan activist group wants Taiwan's troops to have 'Taiwan-loving tunes'

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The 908 Taiwan Republic Campaign (台灣國) is launching a campaign to modify the songs of Taiwan's armed forces.

Wearing informal military dress, members of the pro-independence activist group demonstrated outside the Democratic Progressive Party headquarters on Thursday.

Office director Chilly Chen (陳峻涵) said the songs of Taiwan's military "imparted Chinese consciousness," which permeates throughout the soldiers' daily lives.

"There's absolutely nothing in the songs that identify with the land of Taiwan," he said.

The group called for nixing "I Love China" (我愛中華), a rousing paean about a land long in history, vast in territory and rich in resources.

It called for a refresh to the army anthem, which states that the Republic of China's troops were first established in Huangpu District of mainland China.

It also had qualms with the Navy's song, the first line of which describes Taiwan's "new navy" as followers of Sun Yat-sen's "Three Principles of the People."

The group is collecting signatures to petition the DPP to modify the military's music repertory in order to "strengthen the soldiers' heart for defense."

"If the heart of soldiers does not have Taiwan, then how will they love Taiwan?" Chen said.

Outside the DPP headquarters, the group sang and marched to songs in Hoklo (Taiwanese), including "Nation on the Sea" (海洋的國家) by composer Wang Ming-che (王明哲).

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