Taiwan celebrates with gala reception
October 12, 2007

Taiwan celebrates with gala reception

While St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) gets ready to celebrate 28 years of Independence on October 27, Taiwan celebrated the 96th Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on Wednesday October 10.{{more}}

Over 200 persons came out to mark Taiwan’s milestone at a gala Reception at the Peace Memorial Hall.

His Excellency Ambassador Jack Yu-Tai Cheng in his address, reaffirmed his country’s commitment to continued friendship with St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and announced several aid packages including scholarships for primary, secondary and college students and computers that would be handed over to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Prime Minister Gonsalves said that Taiwan possesses all the characteristics and features of a legitimate state, and by right should be recognized as such. He listed some of the many gifts that this country has received from Taiwan including the modern library complex and assistance in the fight against the Moko disease.

Dr Gonsalves said that SVG is committed in its support of Taiwan in its quest for membership of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO). Citing Taiwan’s membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Prime Minister said, “You can have the regulation of goods and services, but you can’t have the regulation of germs and diseases.”

Deputy Prime Minister Sir Louis Straker also addressed the gathering. Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace, who was home with the flu, was represented by Northern Grenadines representative Dr Godwin Friday.

With the wine flowing, and music from the Girls’ High School’s steel band in the background, everyone had a jolly old time. Prime Minister Gonsalves, Ambassador Cheng, Sir Louis, Dr Friday, Senator St Clair Leacock and Ministers Glen Beache and Jerrol Thompson went on stage and danced with the lovely Dancers of the Chatoyer Youth movement to much hoots and laughter from the audience.

The event culminated with the serving of tasty hors d’oeuvres with wine, beers and soft drinks. Even to the end, the energetic Ambassador Jack Cheng could be seen still partying. (AC)