Taiwan marked the 72nd anniversary of their National Day in Taipei on October 10.
GV & TV Massed crowds in square in coloured formations.
SV President Chiang Ching-Kuo addresses crowd.
GV Crowds cheer as birds and balloons released into sky as President looks on. (4 SHOTS)
TV Troops in parade as officials watch. (10 SHOTS)
SV Women in parade, followed by band as crowds watch. (5 SHOTS)
TVs People in traditional costume in lion and dragon dance. (6 SHOTS)
SV Acrobats perform. (2 SHOTS)
SV People spin tops in street. (3 SHOTS)
SV Men on stilts.
SV President Chiang receives guests. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Taiwan marked the 72nd anniversary of their National Day in Taipei on October 10. Crowds of up to 250,000 people attended displays in the city square and watched traditional lion and dragon dances. There was little military hardware on view but squads of men and women from the armed forces took part in the parade before President Chiang Ching-Kuo. In rebutting recent peace offers from Peking, the President told the crowds that Taiwan would fight to the bitter end if mainland China invaded. He said the Nationalists would soon achieve their goal of regaining control of the mainland as power struggles and internal conflicts have weekend Peking's position. The peking government has made numerous overtures to Taipei suggesting a peaceful reunification of China, including autonomy for Taiwan, but these have been dismissed by the Taiwanese as Communist propaganda. The Nationalists were militarily defeated by the Communists after a civil war on the mainland in 1949.