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Government launches book to mark ROC centennial

Government launches book to mark ROC centennial

Taipei, Oct. 4 (CNA) The government launched a book Tuesday featuring the country's historic events in areas such as politics, the economy and culture to celebrate the Republic of China centennial. Organized by the Government Information Office (GIO), the Chinese-language "A Century of Elegance" records many stories about historic figures and significant incidents, and includes more than 500 photos of historical significance. The 10-chapter book offers insights into the numerous transformations the nation has undergone on its way to becoming a vibrant democracy, Vice President Vincent Siew said Tuesday at the book's launch in Taipei. Topics in the publication range from the establishment of the ROC, Asia's first republic, Taiwan's democratization, to Taiwan's strong soft power in the areas of arts and sports, as well as the country's social welfare affairs. People featured in the book include former President Chiang Ching-kuo, who lifted martial in Taiwan in 1987 and carried out democratic and economic reforms during his 10 years in office. "This is a book for the people of Taiwan," GIO Minister Philip Yang said. Recording stories that touch people's hearts, the publication also serves as an encyclopedia of the country, he added. According to the GIO, more than 100 representatives from the academic, cultural and media sectors were invited to draft the 456-page book. In addition to hard copies sold in bookstores, a free electronic version of the book is available online at http://taiwanroc100.gio.gov.tw. (By Elaine Hou)