80th anniversary of Marco Polo Bridge incident marked

The defense ministry opened a special exhibition on Friday to mark the 80th anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge Incident and the establishment of the ROC Military News Agency. The ROC, or Republic of China, is Taiwan's official name.

The Marco Polo Bridge Incident was a fight between Nationalist Chinese forces and Imperial Japanese troops on the outskirts of Beijing in 1937. The encounter was the trigger for the Second Sino-Japanese War, with the full-scale invasion of China proper.

The defense ministry has set up a special exhibition with records of the war against Japan. Deputy defense minister Chang Guan-chung attended the opening ceremony. He said the heroic efforts of the military during the war gives perspective to the peace that people enjoy today. He also referred to the government's plan for Taiwan to develop its own military hardware.

The Nationalist Army fought the Imperial Japanese Army with inferior weaponry. Their sacrifice shaped history and allowed us to have a peaceful life today. They are worthy of our praise. All members of the ROC military should remember the lessons of history, and understand that developing our own weapons is the best way to safeguard our nation," said Chang.

Source: Radio Taiwan International