Marking the 108th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China, the Taiwanese government held the Double Tenth National Day celebration in Taipei City on Oct. 10, 2019. Presided over by Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全), the National Day celebration was attended by dignitaries and representatives from home and abroad, including 317 dignitaries from 20 foreign delegations and 6,188 overseas Chinese from around the world.
In addition to the celebration held in Taiwan’s capital Taipei, relevant activities are also organized by some local governments to commemorate the start of the Wuchang Uprising (known as the Xinhai Revolution) in China’s Hubei Province on the 10th day of the 10th month in 1911. In fact, it is this uprising that led to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty and the founding of the Republic of China (ROC) on January 1, 1912.
Please watch the following video of the 2019 Taiwan Double Tenth National Day celebration in Taipei.
2019 Double Tenth National Day celebrations
The National Day celebration held in the capital city included various performances and a grand parade featuring Taiwan’s soft power — freedom, democracy, pluralism, and harmony. It has been contrasted with China’s military parade held in Beijing on Oct. 1 that showcased its growing military prowess and ambitions.
With the theme of “Taiwan Forward (攜手世界‧臺灣耀飛),” the Double Tenth parade featured 23 colorful floats with various motifs, such as “Medal-winning athletes,” “Award-winning technicians,” “Hakka culture,” “Aboriginal cultural heritage,” “Empowerment for new immigrants,” “Clean energy and sustainable homeland,” etc.
At the National Day celebration assembly, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) delivered an address entitled “Nation of Resilience, Forward into the World (堅韌之國. 前進世界)” highlighting Taiwan’s freedom, democracy, and sovereignty.
Faced with mainland China’s escalated unilateral diplomatic offensive and military coercion, President Tsai especially rejected the “one country, two systems” advocated by the Chinese Communist Party.
She stressed: “The overwhelming consensus among Taiwan’s 23 million people is our rejection of ‘one country, two systems,’ regardless of party affiliation or political position.”
In her address, President Tsai also enumerated the major achievements her administration has accomplished since she took office five years ago. “Last quarter, we reclaimed the top spot among the Four Asian Tigers for GDP growth,” Tsai added. “The World Economic Forum ranked us as one of the world’s top four ‘super innovators,’ and our hi-tech and innovative industries are world-leading.”
As Taiwan’s democracy is in stark contrast to the CCP regime’s totalitarianism, and the regime’s “one country, two systems” is on the brink of a total failure in Hong Kong, Taiwan’s National Day celebration this year drew special attention from people around the world.
After the parade, the 23 colorful floats were displayed at the plaza of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, which is part of the national day celebration dubbed “10X10 Fun Taipei 2019 National Day Parade Carnival,” comprising a float carnival and the “Challenge and Points Collection” activity between Oct. 10 and 20, 2019.