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CCA promotes events to celebrate ROC centennial

Staff Writer, with CNA

Workers yesterday assemble bleachers for Monday’s Republic of China Double Ten National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei.

Photo: CNA

A series of promotional activities to celebrate the Republic of China (ROC) centennial, including concerts, exhibitions, overseas LED advertisements and print advertisements, were showcased yesterday by the Council for Cultural Affairs (CCA).

For the last year, the council has organized hundreds of activities that have been held nationwide. With the approach of Double Ten National Day, the council launched another series of events, which will run until the end of the year.

Between Thursday and Monday, passers-by in New York’s Times Square will be able to see a 6 minute advertisement in six 1 minute segments showcasing Taiwan’s natural beauty, its achievements and its economic competitiveness, Council for Cultural Affairs Minister Emile Sheng (盛治仁) told a press conference in Taipei.

“The film shows the world Taiwan’s accomplishments over the past 100 years,” he said.

There will also be print advertisements in local and foreign newspapers starting from tomorrow, the day before National Day.

The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune will also run full-page advertisements on Monday to coincide with the celebrations, Sheng added.

He also promoted a rock--opera performance scheduled for Monday and Tuesday evening in Greater Taichung.

Through the combination of music and drama, he said the show would portray Taiwan’s history and cultural heritage.

The celebrations are to continue after Double Ten Day, the council said, including an art installation featuring 100 expatriates who are influential in the nation and a nationwide cycling event on the last day of the year to bring the celebrations to a fitting climax.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement yesterday that former US secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld and his chief aide Keith Urbahn would fly to Taiwan tomorrow to attend ROC centennial celebrations on Double Ten Day.

The ministry touted Rumsfeld’s visit during the centennial celebrations as “profoundly significant.”

Rumsfeld made significant contributions to Taiwan-US military cooperation during his time as defense secretary under former US president George W. Bush.

“The current close military interactions between Taiwan and the United States is one of Rumsfeld’s legacies,” the ministry said.

During his stay, Rumsfeld will attend a luncheon hosted by the Taipei-based Prospect Foundation on Tuesday, at which he will deliver a speech titled “21st Century Challenges in the Pacific and Beyond.”

He will leave Taiwan later that same day, according to the ministry.

Among the other US dignitaries scheduled to attend the celebrations is Mary Eisenhower, granddaughter of former US president Dwight Eisenhower and president of People to People International, a non-profit organization that promotes citizen exchanges across borders.

Meanwhile, representatives from major political parties in Japan and the US are also scheduled to attend the ROC centennial celebrations on Double Ten National Day.

A total of 67 members of the Japanese Diet are scheduled to take part in the various celebratory events in Taiwan, the ministry said.

Takeo Hiranuma, chairman of the Japan-ROC Diet Members’ Consultative Council, will head a delegation to Taiwan from today through Monday, while former Japanese prime minister Taro Aso leads another delegation, comprising of 10 members of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party.

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