Marking the 108thÂ anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China, the Taiwanese government held theÂ Double Tenth National Day celebration in Taipei City on Oct. 10, 2019. Presided over by Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (èåå ¨), the National Day celebration was attended byÂ dignitaries and representatives from home and abroad, including 317 dignitaries from 20Â foreign delegations and 6,188 overseas Chinese from around the world.
In addition to the celebration held in Taiwanâs capital Taipei, relevant activities are also organized by some local governments to commemorate theÂ start of theÂ Wuchang UprisingÂ (known as the Xinhai Revolution) in Chinaâs Hubei Province on the 10thÂ day of the 10thÂ month in 1911. If fact, it is this uprising that led to the collapse of theÂ Qing Dynasty and theÂ founding of the Republic of ChinaÂ (ROC) on January 1, 1912.
Please watch the following video of the 2019 Taiwan Double Tenth National Day celebration in Taipei.
The National Day celebration held in the capital city included various performances and a grand parade featuring Taiwanâs soft power â freedom, democracy, pluralism, and harmony. It has been contrasted with Chinaâs military parade held in Beijing on Oct. 1 that showcased its growing military prowess and ambitions.
With the theme of âTaiwan Forward (ææä¸çâ§èºç£èé£),â the Double Tenth parade featured 23 colorful floats with various motifs, such as âMedal-winning athletes,â âAward-winning technicians,â âHakka culture,â âAboriginal cultural heritage,â âEmpowerment for new immigrants,â âClean energy and sustainable homeland,â etc.
At the National Day celebration assembly, President Tsai Ing-wen (è¡è±æ) delivered an address entitled âNation of Resilience, Forward into the World (å éä¹å. åé²ä¸ç)â highlighting Taiwanâs freedom, democracy, and sovereignty.
Faced with mainland China’s escalated unilateral diplomatic offensive and military coercion, President Tsai especially rejected the âone country, two systemsâ advocated by the Chinese Communist Party.
She stressed: âThe overwhelming consensus among Taiwan’s 23 million people is our rejection of âone country, two systems,â regardless of party affiliation or political position.â
In her address, President Tsai also enumerated the major achievements her administration has accomplished since she took office five years ago. âLast quarter, we reclaimed the top spot among the Four Asian Tigers for GDP growth,â Tsai added. âThe World Economic Forum ranked us as one of the world’s top four âsuper innovators,â and our hi-tech and innovative industries are world-leading.â
As Taiwanâs democracy isÂ in stark contrast to the CCP regimeâs totalitarianism, and the regimeâs âone country, two systemsâ is on the brink of a total failure in Hong Kong, Taiwanâs National Day celebration this year drew special attention from people around the world.
After the parade, the 23 colorful floats were displayed at the plaza of theÂ Chiang Kai-shek Memorial HallÂ in Taipei, which is part of the national day celebration dubbed â10X10 Fun Taipei 2019 National Day Parade Carnival,â comprising a float carnival and the âChallenge and Points Collectionâ activity between Oct. 10 and 20, 2019.