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First 100 years of the ROC are an exclamation mark: Taiwan President

First 100 years of the ROC are an exclamation mark: Taiwan President

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday described the first 100 years of the Republic of China as an exclamation mark because the country had experimented and learned for that period to achieve freedom.
Ma made the comments during a video conference with academics and students at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Tuesday morning Taiwan time.
During a 20-minute address titled “The Quest for Modernity,” the president said a modernizing country should not rely on mere wealth and force, but also possess the foundations for freedom and democracy. Taiwan qualified on all those counts, Ma told his U.S. audience.
The country was still young, so the government still needed to be strengthening democracy and would absolutely not allow any regression, he said.
Looking back at nearly a century of ROC, he said 100 years of struggle, experiments and education had taught a people they could have the rights to freedom, existence and the pursuit of happiness.
Simultaneously with strengthening the country, it was not only necessary to seek an increase in military power but also to realize “soft power,” he said. Ma said he wanted to transform the Taiwan Straits from a potential major flashpoint into a conduit for regional peace and prosperity.
The core of the government’s foreign policy was to mend relations with all of Taiwan’s friends, allies and international partners, the United States in particular, Ma said.
The government has launched a campaign to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ROC in 2011, putting the emphasis on culture.


Updated : 2021-04-17 23:47 GMT+08:00