Taiwan has marched out thousands of troops in a parade to spotlight an old but often forgotten claim that its forces and not the Communists who took over China routed the Japanese in World War II.

China and Taiwan split during civil war in 1949 and today's China — more militarily and economically powerful than Taiwan — says the Communists had directed the resistance against the Japanese.

The two-hour parade held Saturday included missiles, Apache attack helicopters and a mountain bike team for stealth missions.

Taiwan's Nationalist Party, which ruled all of China when Japan invaded parts of the country starting in 1931, says Communist forces had only a minor role in fighting the Japanese alongside the Republic of China troops.