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Ma lauds military academy on its 90th anniversary

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday praised the Whampoa Military Academy and the R.O.C. armed forces for their contributions to safeguarding the nation at a ceremony to mark the 90th anniversary of the military academy.

Speaking during a ceremony held at R.O.C. Military Academy, Ma noted that the Whampoa Military Academy has played a pivotal role in the country's modern history and made significant contributions to the country and its people during World War II and the Chinese Civil War.

After the academy was relocated to Taiwan's Kaohsiung, the school continued to cultivate modern military talents for the R.O.C., safeguarding the nation and its people, he noted.

Urging military cadets to learn from the Whampoa spirit, the president said soldiers should bear in mind the code and honor of military personnel to serve the country and protect its people.

In light of recent growing tensions in the Asia-Pacific region, Ma said Taiwan's armed forces need to continue to engage in building up the nation's military prowess as a means to maintain stability and peace between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.

Ma made the comments during an address at the ceremony to mark the 90th anniversary of Whampoa Military Academy at R.O.C. Military Academy in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

The Whampoa Military Academy was established by the Kuomintang (KMT) government in mainland China's Guangzhou province (廣州省) on June 16, 1924.

It was renamed the R.O.C. Military Academy on Nov. 5, 1927.

The R.O.C.-recognized school relocated to Kaohsiung in 1950 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.

Military Aircraft Flyover and Parade

The celebration of the 90th birthday of the military school opened yesterday with a flyover of military helicopters and aircraft above the academy around 9 a.m..

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President Ma Ying-jeou presides over the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Republic of China Military Academy in Kaohsiung, yesterday. The academy was established in 1924 ...

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