Two-thirds of foreign guests for National Day from Japan

Around 360 foreign guests are set to attend celebrations on October 10 to mark the National Day of the Republic of China, Taiwan's official name.

Of these, some 240, or two thirds, are from Japan. These will include 27 members of the Japanese Diet as well as local representatives and members of civic friendship groups.

From Taiwan's diplomatic allies in Africa, there will be delegations led by ministers from Burkina Faso and Swaziland. Taiwan's third African ally, Sao Tome and Principe, is not sending a representative this year. The foreign minister, David Lee, traveled in person to Sao Tome in September to attend the inauguration of President Evaristo Carvalho. It is anticipated that a high-level visit to Taiwan from Sao Tome may take place next year.

This year's National Day is the first to be presided over by President Tsai Ing-wen, who took office in May.

Source: Radio Taiwan International