Focus Taiwan App
Download

PHOTO ESSAY/Lai, Hsiao celebrate inauguration with 1st-ever state banquet in Tainan

05/20/2024 10:21 PM
To activate the text-to-speech service, please first agree to the privacy policy below.
The tables for the president and vice president inaugural state banquet are set inside Tainan's Formosa Yacht Resort on Monday. Photo courtesy of the Tainan City Government
The tables for the president and vice president inaugural state banquet are set inside Tainan's Formosa Yacht Resort on Monday. Photo courtesy of the Tainan City Government

Tainan, May 20 (CNA) Taiwan's new President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) and Vice President Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) celebrated their inauguration on Monday with a state banquet in Tainan, the first of its kind to be held in the 400-year-old southern Taiwan city.

Lai, his wife and Hsiao arrived at the banquet venue at 6:33 p.m. In his speech, Lai thanked the visiting dignitaries for attending his and Hsiao's inauguration ceremony earlier in the day in Taipei and for the firm friendship with the Taiwanese people.

President Lai Ching-te and his wife arrive at the president and vice president inaugural state banquet in Tainan's Formosa Yacht Resort on Monday. CNA photo May 20, 2024
President Lai Ching-te and his wife arrive at the president and vice president inaugural state banquet in Tainan's Formosa Yacht Resort on Monday. CNA photo May 20, 2024
Vice President Hsiao Bi-khim arrive at the president and vice president inaugural state banquet in Tainan's Formosa Yacht Resort on Monday. CNA photo May 20, 2024
Vice President Hsiao Bi-khim arrive at the president and vice president inaugural state banquet in Tainan's Formosa Yacht Resort on Monday. CNA photo May 20, 2024

He also explained that the banquet was held in Tainan not just to celebrate the city's fourth centennial but also to demonstrate his government's goal of pursuing balanced development.

That is to ensure people, wherever they live in Taiwan, can do so comfortably and find satisfaction in their work, Lai said.

The banquet was held at the city's Formosa Yacht Resort, where guests were surrounded by Taiwan orchids decorated with various patterns including the national flag, using local technology.

Tainan's Formosa Yacht Resort on Monday. CNA photo May 20, 2024
Tainan's Formosa Yacht Resort on Monday. CNA photo May 20, 2024
Taiwan orchids are displayed at the president and vice president inaugural state banquet in Tainan's Formosa Yacht Resort on Monday. Photo courtesy of Tainan City Government
Taiwan orchids are displayed at the president and vice president inaugural state banquet in Tainan's Formosa Yacht Resort on Monday. Photo courtesy of Tainan City Government
Photo courtesy of Tainan City Government
Photo courtesy of Tainan City Government

Lai also told guests that the dishes served at the banquet were inspired by 22 cities in Taiwan, which also doubled as an invitation to foreign guests to travel around the nation and help establish strong relationships with other countries.

The eight dishes served at the president and vice president inaugural state banquet in Tainan's Formosa Yacht Resort on Monday are presented during a press event in this CNA file photo.
The eight dishes served at the president and vice president inaugural state banquet in Tainan's Formosa Yacht Resort on Monday are presented during a press event in this CNA file photo.

(By Novia Huang and James Lo)

Enditem/AW

Related News

May 20

● Business group urges Lai to show 'flexibility' on cross-strait issues

● Cabinet to focus on fighting fraud, pursue 'nuclear-free homeland': Premier

● Lai outlines 3 areas of focus to spur economic development, including AI

● Lai urges Beijing to recognize ROC, calls for dialogue at inauguration (update)

● U.S., Japan congratulate Lai on his inauguration as president

● Lai underscores democracy, 'four-pillar plan' for defense, diplomacy

● Lai Ching-te sworn in as Republic of China president

● Full text of President Lai Ching-te's inaugural address

● Taiwan celebrates inauguration of new president

FEATURE/ Lai to assume presidency amid geopolitical and domestic challenges

May 17: Incoming president vows to continue Tsai's unfinished work

View All
0:00
/
0:00
We value your privacy.
Focus Taiwan (CNA) uses tracking technologies to provide better reading experiences, but it also respects readers' privacy. Click here to find out more about Focus Taiwan's privacy policy. When you close this window, it means you agree with this policy.
172.30.142.12