PHOTO ESSAY/ROC National Day celebrations around the world

Taipei,  Celebrations of the National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on Oct. 10 were held in countries around the world this week, including a first-of-its-kind event in Somaliland and a charity meal for homeless residents of the Vatican.

Hargeisa, Somaliland

The newly-opened Taiwan Representative Office in Somaliland held a banquet in the capital Hargeisa on Oct. 7 to celebrate ROC National Day, the first event of its kind in the self-declared African state.

The banquet drew over 150 people, including government officials, parliamentarians, and representatives of the business sector, academia and the media.

Vatican City

In the Vatican, Taiwan’s embassy hosted a meal on Thursday for homeless people in the city, in commemoration of both ROC National Day and the recent release of Pope Francis’ third encyclical letter, Fratelli tutti (“all brothers”).

The event took place at Palazzo Migliori, a 19th century palace sitting just off St. Peter’s Square, which was converted into a homeless shelter last year.

Guests were treated to Taiwan-style boxed lunches and were also given made-in-Taiwan down sleeping bags donated by the embassy.

Taiwanese residents of both Los Angeles and Orange County, California held flag-raising ceremonies on Oct. 4 in honor of ROC National Day.

Despite limits on attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, livestreams of both events were widely viewed by the local Taiwanese community, organizers said.

New York, U.S.A.

Representatives to the United Nations of six of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies attended an ROC National Day celebration in New York on Oct. 8.

More than two dozen other prominent figures, including U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, sent video and written messages that were watched and read aloud during the banquet.

Chennai, India

Taiwan’s representative office in Chennai, India hosted a tea banquet on Thursday, drawing guests from nearby Karnataka state, a major high-tech hub, and from Tamil Nadu, which hosts branches of Taiwanese firms including Hon Hai, Pegatron and Wistron.

Sydney, Australia

More than 20 members of the Parliament of New South Wales attend an ROC National Day dinner in Sydney on Oct. 8. At the event, Taiwan’s top envoy to Sydney, Fan Huei-chun (范惠君), expressed hope that Australia would begin talks with Taiwan on a free trade agreement and support its inclusion in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Brunei hosted a banquet celebrating the 109th Anniversary of the Founding of the ROC (Taiwan) in Bandar Seri Begawan on Oct. 3. Andrew H. C. Lee (李憲章), Taiwan’s representative to the Southeast Asian country, said during the event that Taiwan will continue to promote mutually beneficial relations with Brunei.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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