#China's parade conceived to project it as a rising #military power that will stand up to rivals

#China's parade conceived to project it as a rising #military power that will stand up to rivals

For decades, the Communist Party portrayed their Nationalist foes as too corrupt to battle the Japanese effectively. But that narrative has shifted in recent years as China, eager to improve ties with Taiwan and deflate pro-independence sentiment on the island where Chiang and his troops fled, has acknowledged and even celebrated the Nationalists' role in fighting Japan. "There's been a stealth rehabilitation of the Nationalists," said Rana Mitter, a professor of Chinese history at Oxford University and author of "Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945," noting that wartime soap operas on the mainland now often include an honorable Nationalist officer as a stock character. Organizers have even invited Nationalist veterans to participate in Thursday's parade, but the move has proved controversial in Taiwan. Among those planning to attend is Lien Chan, a former Taiw...

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