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Anniversary of Taiwan's recovery celebrated
By Cao Desheng (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-10-26 05:41

China yesterday commemorated the 60th anniversary of the recovery of Taiwan from Japanese colonial rule, with a pledge to firmly oppose any "independence" move on the island.

Historical facts "indisputably" prove that Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory, Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said at a celebratory gathering in Beijing.

Anniversary of Taiwan's recovery celebrated
Actresses perform Tuesday during a big gathering in Beijing in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the recovery of Taiwan from Japanese colonial rule. [Xinhua]

"Taiwan returned to the motherland 60 years ago both de facto and de jure," Jia said. It is an "undeniable" fact and the "legal status of Taiwan as an inalienable part of China's territory is beyond doubt, and can never be challenged."

Taiwan was ceded to Japan in 1895 under the Treaty of Shimonoseki, signed by the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) government.

The island reclaimed its Chinese identity on October 25, 1945 after the end of World War II.

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