Ma visits Kinmen, seeks to boost soldiers' morale
CNATAIPEI--President Ma Ying-jeou visited Kinmen yesterday, where he attended activities to mark the 55th anniversary of an artillery battle between Taiwan and China, asked about the lives of troops stationed there and mingled with soldiers in an attempt to boost their morale.
August 24, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
Ma participated in the ringing of a peace bell and a memorial service for fallen soldiers and civilians in the historical battle that started on Aug. 23, 1958.
During the battle, Chinese troops fired more than 470,000 shells at Kinmen over a period of 44 days, killing and injuring thousands of soldiers and civilians.
Around 200 Chinese soldiers were also killed during the exchange of fire that would later become known as the 823 Artillery Bombardment. It is regarded as significant battle that eventually helped to safeguard the Republic of China government on Taiwan.
During his visit, Ma also inspected an armored battalion in the island county off southern China and asked the soldiers about their living conditions.
He inquired about whether their dormitories were equipped with air conditioners or electric fans, and if their training regimen was too stiff. In response, the soldiers said all their training was being done in gradual stages.