More than 250,000 cheering people came to a National Day rally in Taipei on Sunday (10 October), as the country prepared to face the critical question of its representation at the United Nations.
More than 250,000 cheering people came to a National Day rally in Taipei on Sunday (10 October), as the country prepared to face the critical question of its representation at the United Nations. President Chiang-Kai-Shek came out on the balcony of his palace to tell the crowd, "It is a most glorious day that we are celebrating today -- the 60th anniversary of the founding of our Republic."
The celebrations are actively participated in by all sectors of the population. Most businesses, private residences and government buildings have decorated their premises. The government has put up a special exhibition commemorating 60 years of economic achievement.
Among the Taiwan and foreign guests at the rally was Governor Ronald Reagan of California, representing President Nixon.
Debate on Taiwan's representation at the United Nations is due to begin on 18 October.
SYNOPSIS: Preparations have been underway for several weeks for the National Day celebrations in Taipei. Virtually ever segment of the population takes an active part in the activities. Businesses, private residences and all government buildings were decorated for the event on Sunday. The government has set up a special exhibition area to commemorate the economic achievements of Taiwan.
In a messages marking the National Day celebrations, President Chiang Kai-shek said that "All our compatriots, military and civilian alike, have further strengthened their sense of responsibility to save the nation through self-reliance." The eighty-three year-old Generalissimo was speaking only a few days before a crucial United Nations debate to decide on the future of Taiwan's representation in the world body. Everyday life appears to be functioning normally, despite apprehensions voiced in conversations and discussions.
At the United Nations, forces are believed to be so evenly divided over the question of the expulsion of Taiwan, that one or two votes either way could decide the issue.