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Taiwan to celebrate 90th anniversary of military academy with musical
Central News Agency
2014-05-27 06:58 PM
Taipei, May 27 (CNA) Three performances of a musical will be staged in southern and northern Taiwan to mark the 90th anniversary of the Republic of China Military Academy, the Ministry of National Defense said Tuesday. The performances are part of a series of events being held this year to celebrate the anniversary of the military academy, which was established in China's Guangzhou Province in 1924 under the name Whampoa Military Academy and was relocated in 1950 to Taiwan and renamed, after the end of the Chinese civil war. Several professional actors and actress are working with the defense ministry's band and choir to present the musical, which will incorporate drama, music, dance and multimedia images to tell the story of the ROC military, the ministry said. The musical "Country and Home" will be staged at Kaohsiung Arena in southern Taiwan on June 10, and at Taipei International Convention Center on June 12 in two shows, the ministry said. In addition, the defense ministry said, it will hold an exhibition at the Armed Forces Museum in Taipei from June 13 to Oct. 18, showcasing historical artifacts, documents and photos related to significant battles in the history of the ROC. Books on the ROC's military history will also be published in an effort to help the public better understand the relationship between the country and its military, the ministry said. The military academy is seen as a symbol of the ROC military, which fled to Taiwan in 1949 after its defeat by communist forces in the Chinese civil war. In response to questions on China's plans to also hold anniversary celebrations, defense ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he said at a news conference Tuesday that the facility in Taiwan is the authentic successor of Whampoa Military Academy. Some of the celebratory events in Taiwan will be held at the academy in Kaohsiung, including a display on May 31 of the Army's advanced weapons such as the U.S-made AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and the locally developed Thunderbolt-2000 artillery multiple-launch rocket system, the ministry said. (By Claudia Liu and Elaine Hou)
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