søndag 10. oktober 2021

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's National Day speech (Full Text)

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) delivered her National Day address on Sunday (Oct. 10), pledging to defend Taiwan's sovereignty and democracy amid "unprecedented challenges" brought by China's increasing military coercion. The following is the full text of her speech, titled "Forging a stronger consensus: Standing united to protect Taiwan":

“National Day Celebration Chairperson You Si-kun (游錫堃), distinguished guests, dear friends, and my fellow citizens watching via TV or the internet:

Good morning.

Today is the 110th National Day of the Republic of China. Every year, on this day, we gather together to celebrate our nation's birthday. On this solemn occasion, we pay tribute to our forebears who called this land their home. Though they arrived in Taiwan at different times, they all dedicated themselves to our beautiful homeland. Today, everyone living in Taiwan is a part of this community in which we share a common destiny. Together, we have passed one test after another.

Beginning in May this year, Taiwan faced its greatest challenge since the outbreak of COVID-19. Over 800 people in this country have lost their lives to this disease. These people were our family, friends, and members of our shared community. I want to take this opportunity at the start of my speech to express my sincerest condolences to their families.