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Republic of China (Taiwan) celebrates

Republic of China (Taiwan) celebrates

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In celebration of the 97th National Day of the Republic of China on Taiwan, a gala affair was held at the Peace Memorial Hall on Monday, October 6.{{more}}

Addressing the reception, Ambassador of Taiwan to St Vincent and the Grenadines Leo C.J. Lee told the gathering that he was thrilled to be part of such a rich history and welcomed the chance to share it with this country. He noted that in the last 27 years, the bond between St Vincent and Taiwan has grown stronger by leaps and bounds. “We believe this relationship is based on shared values for democracy, freedom and respect for human rights,” Lee stated.

Lee thanked the people and government of St Vincent and the Grenadines for their staunch support over the years and promised to honour the commitment to this country.

Following each speech, the audience raised their glasses in toasts to celebrate Taiwan’s milestone achievement.

Also delivering remarks, this country’s Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, expressed the view that it is the bond between Vincentian students studying in Taiwan and the Taiwanese people that has brought both countries closer together. The Prime Minister stated that even though much has been contributed to this country by the Taiwanese government, it is the contribution to the International Airport that has been most significant.

The Finance Minister also highlighted the need for a programme whereby some of the young people from Taiwan can spend time in this country and take back a part of the local culture with them.

Deputy Prime Minister Sir Louis Straker declared that the relationship between both countries would continue no matter which administration is in power in either country.

Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace also echoed Straker’s comments and vowed that the New Democratic Party would offer their fullest support to the people of Taiwan.

Crowning off the evening, dance and musical performances were done by: The National Dance Company, Darron Andrews, C.W. Prescod Primary School, The Junior Dance Club and Rodney Small, Reahjaun Baptiste and Jomoro Francis.

Searchlight’s very own Jamila Soso-Vincent and Viclene Matthews hosted the event. (KW)