National Day celebration held under theme of ‘great to have you’

The Republic of China (Taiwan) celebrates its National Day Monday with a host of activities in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei under the main theme: "It is great for Taiwan to have you."

Highlights of the celebration include the first National Day address by President Tsai Ing-wen (???), who is expected to reiterate her call for China to resume official dialogue with Taiwan.

On May 20, Tsai became the second politician from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to become president in Taiwan's history.

She will be joined by her predecessor Ma Ying-jeou (???) in the celebration ceremony. Other participants are expected to include former Vice President Wu Den-yih (???), People First Party Chairman James Soong (???), Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???).

Some key politicians will be absent, however. They include Hung Hsiu-chu (???), chairwoman of the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party, who has accused the Tsai administration of trying to break the KMT's financial back in its attempt to confiscate ill-gotten party assets dating from decades ago.

Organizers said the 2016 National Day celebration was planned to demonstrate that Taiwan is good because of its people.

According to the Presidential Office, Tasi will meet foreign guests in the office before she stepping out to the outdoor venue where she will deliver the speech entitled "To move forward steadily and to make the country great through reform."

In the speech, Tsai will elaborate her administration's policies and a blueprint for the nation, detail Taiwan's efforts and results in striving for its international participation, and reiterate her stance and goodwill in the handling of cross-Taiwan Strait relations.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel