Taiwan celebrates 109th National Day

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Issue No. 44/2020 – Friday, 09 October 2020 (Kitiona Tausi)

The Embassy of the Republic of China on Taiwan in Tuvalu celebrated the 109th year of its National Day on the capital, Funafuti this evening at the Funafuti Lagoon Hotel.

Among the invited quests they included the Acting Governor-General, Her excellency Teniku Talesi Honolulu, Prime Minister, Hon Kausea Natano and spouse, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Funafuti community leader, Mr. Siliga Kofe, government officials, representatives from the private sector, non- governmental organization and island communities and friends.

The evening program began with a normal evening devotion conducted by Acting President of the Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu, Rev Alefaio Honolulu. His message focused on “victory” and based his message on Psalm 144: 9-19. He said “under the leadership of David, the Israelites had fought wars with its enemies and he had been victorious in many of the wars. So he gave thanks to the Lord and he sang with a 10 strings harp in praise of God’s sovereignty and his power.”

Rev Honolulu applied his message to Taiwan’s struggle with the world and said Taiwan had been successful in many of its developments and has been assisting other countries like Tuvalu in their developments.

After the evening devotion followed the cutting of the Day’s cake by the Acting Governor-General, Excellency Teniku Talesi, the Prime Minister, Hon Kausea Natano and Ambassador, Excellency Mark Su.

Following that, Ambassador Mark Su gave his address for the Day. He said “Taiwan strongly defend the value of freedom and democracy, we strongly supported the people of Hong Kong if they are determined to pursue the issues of freedom and democracy.

“We cherish our common values and we’d like to contribute to the development and improve the wellbeing of the people of our allies. Though Taiwan being isolated from the international community, we are still active in the activities of international organizations, making contributions to the world community and share Taiwan’s experience, despite coercive, active and mounting pressures from China.

He said the people of Taiwan are willing to show the world that they will not be intimidated to forsaking their freedom and democracy.

Taiwan has successfully contained the spread of COVID-19 and had become an internationally recognised model of containing COVID-19. In the same time Taiwan provided proactive assistance to other countries in need of protective equipment.

“While the pandemic is pounding millions back into extreme poverty, and with the successful launch of various wise policies including the promotion of food security, Tuvalu remains COVID-19 free and with this resilient and persistent spirit, I am sure that Tuvalu will be prosperous and prepare in the post-pandemic era.”

In concluding his remarks, Excellency Mark Su thanked the government of Tuvalu and especially Prime Minister Kausea Natano for showing Tuvalu’s support for Taiwan in international meetings, especially in the UN General Assemblies.

The chief guest, the Prime Minister, Hon Kausea Natano also delivered an address.

“We remain committed in supporting Taiwan in the international arena and continue to advocate on Taiwan’s behalf not to be excluded in international cooperation. Our strong bond of friendship have been strengthened throughout the years.

“We have received numerous development supports and assistance from Taiwan in various forms including in times of climate disasters such as tropical cyclones and the recent COVID- 19 pandemic of which we are extremely grateful.

“We cherish our long positive relationship and we look forward to your Excellency to further collaboration and cooperation between our two countries.

It is our wish that Taiwan remains strong, resilient and continue to persevere in its endeavors.

During the evening’s programme there were entertainments provided by one dancing group and the guests also danced to the music provided by the Tropicana Band.

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