[Remarks of Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, at the 104th National Day reception of the Republic of China (Taiwan), on October 8, 2015 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza.]
Magandang gabi! Mabuhay! (Welcome!)
Thank you very much indeed for coming to join us in celebration of the National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
104 years ago, on 10th October 1911, which is commonly called “Double Tenth,” a revolution broke out in Wuchang. As a result of the Wuchang Revolution, the Republic of China (ROC) was born on January 1, 1912. We are gathered here tonight to celebrate this important day, “the Double Tenth,” the national day of the Republic of China (ROC).
The aim of the Wuchang Revolution was to proclaim a modern Republic, in which people can really enjoy their liberty, democracy and freedom, just like what the Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, envisioned in his well-known poem “My Last Farewell.”
Today, I am proud to share these historical insights with you. Although it is never easy to realize the dreams of the revolutionaries including Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the Founding Father of the ROC, the ROC on Taiwan has actually realized the said dreams —- a free and democratic country, where people can freely use their freedom to pursue their dreams of their lives and develop their potential to the fullest extent without any fear of oppression and harassment.
Apart from being a free, democratic, disciplined, and relatively uncorrupt country, the ROC (Taiwan) has manifold achievements in recent years:
Economically, Taiwan is an economic and technology powerhouse with strong manufacturing, high tech industry, global supply networks, and distribution facilities around the world. Taiwan is also an important source of investments and tourism for many countries including mainland China and ASEAN member states.
Socially, Taiwan is the 2nd safest country in the world next only to Iceland, safer than Denmark, Austria and New Zealand, according to the report of a research in February 2015 made by the Australian Institute of Economic and Peace (IEP). According to that report, Taiwan also has wonderful economic freedom, good quality education, effective public transport systems, beautiful scenic spots, friendly humanity environment and excellent national medical insurance covering its every citizen. Due to these attributing factors, Taiwan is one of the most livable places in the World.
In terms of tourism, Taiwan is listed as one of the “World’s best-value destinations for 2015” by the Lonely Planet.
Globally, as President Ma Ying-jeou pointed out before on various occasions, the ROC (Taiwan) is not only “the Creator of new technologies and business opportunities”, “Provider of international humanitarian aid” (such as assistances rendered to Japan’s Tsunami and the Yolanda Typhoon of the Philippines) and “the Standard-bearer of the Chinese culture,” but also “the International peacemaker” ad