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IETO honors 69th Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Indonesian Economic and Trade Office to Taipei (IETO) yesterday celebrated the 69th Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia at Grand Hyatt Taipei, with invited guests including the Minister of Foreign Affairs David Y. L. Lin (林永樂).

Hosted by the Representatives of the IETO from Indonesia Arief Fadillah and Gusti Sri Hastuti, the event welcomed guests to participate in the belated celebration of Indonesian Independence Day with traditional cuisines and performances, including a song by workers of the IETO. The initial celebration of the Independence Day in Indonesia was Aug. 17, marking the 69th year since the republic's formation.

During his opening speech, Fadillah thanked the attending guests, and addressed the prosperity Indonesia has enjoyed over the last year. Minister Lin also said in his speech that the partnership Taiwan has with Indonesia continues to be a mutually beneficial one, and that Indonesia remains one of the strongest Asian partners of Taiwan. The two authorities later exchanged gifts to symbolize the friendship and partnership of the two countries.

Following the speeches, Fadillah invited fellow representatives from Asian countries including Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Brunei to share in dividing the “nasi tumpeng,” an Indonesian celebratory dish that is used to honor and commemorate festive gatherings. The dish was cut into portions to be divided among the authorities, much like a cake during a Western celebration.

The highlight of the night was the IETO's efforts in motivating its guests to participate in an impromptu concert by giving out the Indonesian instrument Angklung. Several sizes of the instrument were given out to all participating guests, who were given instructions to play their instruments under the direction of the conductor. Along with traditional Indonesian dishes, the celebration concluded in a joyful environment, with guests bringing home a souvenir instrument.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs David Y. L. Lin (林永樂) and Representative of the Indonesian Economic and Trade Office to Taipei Arief Fadillah exchange gifts during the belated celebration of the 69th Indonesian Independence Day at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

(By Morgan Lin, The China Post)

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