ROC National Day celebrated worldwide
CNATAIPEI--Taiwanese expatriates held a party in Sydney on Sunday to celebrate the Republic of China's National Day, with more than 600 people sharing in the festivities.
October 8, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Wong Hoong-narm, a member of the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC), organized the party held at Bankstown Maxims Restaurant in Sydney.
An eye-catching R.O.C. national flag 720 centimeters wide and 480 centimeters high was hung on the restaurant's outside wall in honor of National Day, which officially falls on Oct. 10.
Among the guests were Chow Chin-fa, the head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Sydney, Cheng Chieh-sung, director of the OCAC's Culture Center in Sydney, OCAC volunteers and expatriates.
Addressing the group, Wong said that all compatriots in Sydney fully supported the government of the Republic of China and Chow expressed his gratitude for that support.
Chow also spoke on Taiwan's political and economic development and achievements in recent years and the results of its flexible diplomacy.
One indicator of the openings created by the flexible diplomacy strategy has been Taiwan's growing involvement in working holiday programs with several countries, Chow said.
This year, more than 35,000 Taiwanese youth have taken working holidays in Australia, making Taiwan the second largest source for such workers in Australia, trailing only Britain.
Celebrations Held in Lyon
Taiwan's representative office in France held a reception in Lyon on Sunday in celebration of the 102nd National Day of the Republic of China, with more than 200 people in attendance, including the families of adopted Taiwanese children in the city.
The event, which brought together R.O.C. overseas compatriots, students and French guests, was the second largest R.O.C. National Day gathering in France, next to the celebrations in Paris.
Taiwan's representative to France, Michel Ching long Lu, who hosted the reception, led the participants in singing the R.O.C.'s national anthem at the opening of the event.