Taiwan's view on China anniversary

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As China prepares to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, many people in Taiwan will not be celebrating what for them is the loss of a civil war.

They will instead see the event as a reminder of a major turning point in history that dramatically impacted their lives.

About two million refugees from China, including hundreds of thousands of soldiers, fled to the island - changing its political, economic and social structure, and leaving behind a legacy still strong today.

Many young people in Taiwan have never stepped foot in China despite its proximity - they are more interested in Japanese and Western culture.

In a sign perceptions have changed over the past six decades, many Taiwanese do not see the weaponry to be displayed in China's military parade to mark the 60th anniversary as necessarily aimed at Taiwan, but more as a symbol of China's rise and power.

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