National Day celebrations reflect peace, respect in Taiwan: Su

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National Day celebrations reflect peace, respect in Taiwan: Su

Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) Festive and colorful Republic of China National Day celebrations opened in Taipei early Wednesday morning, with Taiwan's legislative speaker saying the occasion would allow the world to see the peace and respect that exists in Taiwan.

"Taiwan is good," said Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) in an opening address to kick off the festivities, adding that Taiwan's warm and friendly people are proud of the democracy and freedom that exists in their country.

Through this year's National Day celebrations, the world will be able to see progress and equality, and peace and respect, said Su, who led the government committee that organized the day's festivities.

He described those four qualities as "Taiwan values we pursue."

While many countries around the world see promoting mutual respect between different ethnic groups as a tough challenge, for example, "we can proudly say Taiwan has done better than most countries," Su said.

With many foreign dignitaries in the audience, Su expressed Taiwan's thanks for the overseas backing Taiwan has received in fighting off China's suppression of its participating in the international community.

"We are supported by friends from around the world," and they have helped Taiwan overcome hardship and challenges in the international arena, Su said.

Before Su's speech, six lighthouse guards from around Taiwan led the crowd in singing the national anthem, accompanied by the 40-member choir of National Defense University.

The celebrations on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office, themed "Taiwan, Together," also included performances by military marching bands and award-winning Navy Honor Guard Su Chi-lin (蘇祈麟) as well as Air Force jets conducting flyovers in formation.

There was also a parade of 24 floats carrying members of Taiwan's national team that participated in the 2018 Asian Games, which took place from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.

Taiwan won a total of 17 gold, 19 silver and 31 bronze medals at the regional sporting event, ranking seventh in the medals table. It was Taiwan's second highest medal count ever at an Asian Games.

(By Wen Kui-hsiang, Lee Chin-wei, Claudia Liu and Elizabeth Hsu)

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