INTRODUCTION: President Chiang Ching-kuo of Taiwan said on Saturday (10 October) his nationalist government was determined to unify China and he predicted victory within the next ten years.
GV & SV Army cadets marching. (2 SHOTS)
GV Women marching.
GV & SVs Troops marching (2 SHOTS)
LV Parade passes reviewing stand.
SV President Chiang Ching-kuo on reviewing stand.
SV & TV Frogmen on armoured personnel carriers in parade. (2 SHOTS)
SVs Rocket carriers with rockets. (2 SHOTS)
GV Tanks roll past in parade.
SV President Chiang waving.
TV Tanks in parade.
GV Presidential mansion.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: President Chiang Ching-kuo of Taiwan said on Saturday (10 October) his nationalist government was determined to unify China and he predicted victory within the next ten years. President Chiang was speaking after a military parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the 1911 nationalist revolution which ousted China's last emperor.
SYNOPSIS: The parade, held in front of the presidential mansion in Taipei, was the biggest ever held in Taiwan. It included army cadets and women members of the defence forces.
More than 12-thousand troops were involved in the precision march-past, watched by some one hundred thousand Taiwanese and a claimed 30-thousand mainland Chinese defectors to Taiwan.
The parade was reviewed by President Chiang, and was also seen from the dais by Costa Rican President Rodrigo Carazo Odio, as well as four past United States envoys to Taiwan.
It was as much a celebration of Doctor Sun Yat-sen's founding of the republic exactly 70 years before, as a demonstration of Taiwan's military strength. That includes an impressive array of rockets, rocket launchers and missiles comprising surface-to-air and ground-to-ground units, as well as conventional artillery and tanks.
Later, President Chiang predicted this would be the decade of victory in recovering the mainland of China. He said he was determined to unify China under the principles of what he called nationalism, democracy and livelihood. The President made no direct reference to Peking's latest series of peace overtures, including an invitation extended the day before (9 October) for him and other nationalist leaders to visit China.