A gala reception to celebrate the National Day of the Republic of China which is also referred to as Double Ten Day or Double Tenth Day was held at the Lotte Hotel in downtown Seoul on Oct.10.
On hand at the festive event hosted by Amb.Daniel D.D. Tang of Taipei Mission in Korea were more than 500 invited guests from all segments of public and private sectors in Korea plus members of foreign diplomatic missions accredited to Korea.
ROC commemorates the start of the Wuchang Uprising of 10 October 1911 (10-10 or double ten), which led to the end of the Qing Dynasty in China and establishment of the Chinese Republic on 1 January 1912.
During the course of the Chinese Civil War, the government of the Republic of China lost control of
mainland China, fleeing to the Island of Taiwan in December 1949. The National Day is now mainly
celebrated in ROC-controlled Taiwan, but is also celebrated by some overseas places.
ROC (Taiwan) celebrates its 107th anniversary, an important event for Asia's first republic and one heralding the dawn of a new era characterized by innovation, reform and the building of a more progressive, caring society.
Under leadership of President Tsai Ing-wen as the ROC's first female head of state, ROC signals the maturing of the nation's hard-earned democracy—one in which the efforts of the citizenry to safeguard freedom, protect human rights and uphold the rule of law are recognized worldwide.
Central to this process is Tsai's "Steadfast Diplomacy." Based on the principle of mutual assistance for mutual benefits, the initiative paves the way for Taiwan to work with all like-minded countries and territories in playing a more significant role in the international community and making greater contributions.
This approach is important as momentum builds for Tsai's New Southbound Policy, which aims to deepen Taiwan's trade and cultural links with Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states, South Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand, and ensure all segments of society can share in long-term prosperity. The policy also helps the nation quickly adjust to changing global conditions and the trend toward regional economic integration.
As the ROC further strengthens its robust economy and vibrant democracy—proud achievements in Asia — it will continue making the nation's culture, lifestyle and social diversity a global benchmark. Toiling for a better tomorrow is a worthy goal on Double Tenth National Day.
The country reaffirms the determination and spirit of innovation that has made it a vital link in the global economy. Its information and communications technology industry is one of the most advanced in the world, its manufacturers supply goods to a myriad of industries, and its solar panels play an important role in powering a green revolution. The determination and ingenuity that turned this once agrarian island into an industrial powerhouse is alive and well, as Taiwan again undergoes an economic transformation.
Under its New Model for Economic Development, the na
tion has been transforming its efficiency-driven economy into one based on innovation. This shift will not only create jobs, but also help reduce the wealth gap via the equitable distribution of the nation's economic gains. At the heart of the plan is the promotion of five major innovative industries, namely biotech and pharmaceuticals, the Internet of Things, sustainable energy, national defense, and smart machinery.
In these sectors, Taiwan already has considerable experience, made all the more effective through international collaborative partnerships. For example, the government has already outlined plans to foster cooperation between local firms and their peers in biomedical hubs from Boston to Basel, and the high-tech mecca of California's Silicon Valley.
These efforts are but a part of Taiwan's economic transformation. By harnessing the spirit of innovation, and through enhanced international collaboration, the new development model will have a lasting impact on the nation, the region and the world.