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Whampoa academy an ROC institution: MND

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday stressed the R.O.C. Government's legitimate claim over the Whampoa Military Academy (黃埔軍校) as the nation is expected to launch a series of celebrations to mark the 90th anniversary of the military school that plays an important role in its history.

"The R.O.C. has the legitimate claim over the tradition and history of the Whampoa Military Academy," military spokesman Luo Shou-he said at a news briefing yesterday.

Luo noted that the MND is aware that some retired R.O.C. generals have been invited to attend the 90th anniversary of the Whampoa Military Academy in China later this year, Luo said.

The military will continue to closely monitor the latest developments and will try to convince retired military personnel not to join celebration events organized by the Chinese government, he added.

The Whampoa Military Academy was established by the Kuomintang (KMT) government in China's Guangzhou province (廣州省) on June 6, 1924 to cultivate modern military talents for the R.O.C.

The R.O.C.-recognized school relocated to Kaohsiung in Southern Taiwan in 1949 and was renamed the R.O.C. Military Academy after the R.O.C. forces and KMT government relocated to Taiwan following the Chinese Civil War.

The old academy compound in China's Guangzhou is currently a memorial hall.

An opposition lawmaker previously said many Taiwanese retired generals have accepted the invitation and will be joining the academy's 90th anniversary celebrations in China instead of Taiwan this June.

Meanwhile, the MND yesterday said it is prepared to launch a series of celebrations to mark the 90th anniversary of the academy in Taiwan.

Military History Musical

  The celebrations include a two-and-a-half-hour musical that tells the story of the academy and the role it plays in R.O.C. history to the Taiwanese public, the MND said.

The musical features Taiwanese actor Eli Shih (施易男) who plays the leading role as a cadet of the academy. He participated in several major battles in R.O.C. history including the battles against the Japanese invasion during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

The character Shih portrays ultimately died during the war but his son later joined the R.O.C. military and made contributions during the Chinese Civil War before the R.O.C. relocated from the Chinese mainland to Taiwan, the MND said.

The ministry said it is also prepared to publish books on significant battles in R.O.C. history, in an effort to increase the public's understanding of the relationship between the country and its military.

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