Amid China threat, Taiwan to tout self-defense on ROC National Day

10/05/2022 07:31 PM
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Honor guards of the Armed Forces practice for the National Day military parade, in Taipei on Wednesday. CNA photo Oct. 5, 2022
Honor guards of the Armed Forces practice for the National Day military parade, in Taipei on Wednesday. CNA photo Oct. 5, 2022

Taipei, Oct. 5 (CNA) Legislative Yuan speaker You Si-kun (游錫堃) said Wednesday that as Taiwan faced continued pressure from Beijing, the Republic of China's (ROC) National Day celebrations on Oct. 10 would demonstrate country's resolve to defend itself.

Taiwan faced "relentless bullying" from the Chinese Communist Party, You, who serves as the head of a planning committee of the country's National Day celebrations, said at a press conference.

"We must let the world see Taiwan's perseverance and strong self-defense capability," he said.

With that in mind, this year's National Day event with the theme of "defending our land together" will feature several activities involving Taiwan's armed forces, he said.

You went on to say that he hoped the country's 23 million people would work together in their firm defense of Taiwan's national sovereignty and security.

The will of the people to safeguard the country is of the utmost importance when it comes to national defense, he said.

Taiwan does not seek to go to war but will be prepared to fight one, You said.

He added that the country was committed to preserving democracy and freedom, and contributing to regional stability.

Legislative Yuan speaker You Si-kun is pictured at a news conference in Taipei when he announced the planned National Day events, on Wednesday. CNA photo Oct. 5, 2022
Legislative Yuan speaker You Si-kun is pictured at a news conference in Taipei when he announced the planned National Day events, on Wednesday. CNA photo Oct. 5, 2022

According to the planning committee, the National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Office will be opened on the morning of Oct. 10 by a performance staged by Taiwanese rock band The Chairman in cooperation with the Indigenous choir the Falangao Singing Group.

It will be followed by several performances, including an aerial display featuring two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and one CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter during the singing of the national anthem, the committee said.

Seven representatives from Taiwan's armed forces and a children's choir from the country's outlying Matsu Islands will lead the singing, the committee said.

At the same time, military personnel posted to Dongying Island, which is part of the Matsu archipelago, as well as on the Kaohsiung-anchored Ta Chiang corvette will join the singing remotely, the committee said, adding that their singing would be broadcast at the venue in Taipei. 

A CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter flies with a national flag during a rehearsal in Taipei on Sept. 29. CNA file photo
A CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter flies with a national flag during a rehearsal in Taipei on Sept. 29. CNA file photo

The singing will be followed by an address delivered by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), before more performances are put on, including a show by five Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the Army's Aviation and Special Forces Command, the committee said.

The event will conclude with an air display featuring AT-3 jet trainers from the Air Force's Thunder Tiger Aerobatics Team, during which they will release plumes of multicolored smoke, the committee said.

According to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Palauan President Surangel Whipps Jr. and his delegation, which is set to arrive in Taiwan Wednesday evening, and a Japanese parliamentarian delegation comprising lawmakers from the Japan-ROC Diet Members' Consultative Council, will attend the National Day celebrations.

In addition to the event in Taipei, the National Day fireworks will take place in the southern Taiwanese county of Chiayi, where approximately 26,000 fireworks will be set off over 30 minutes, the committee said.

A 360-degree water dance featuring a light sculpture projection together with a sound and light show will also be staged at the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum in the county, it added.

(By Fang Cheng-hsiang and Teng Pei-ju)

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