On October 6, Taipei Mission in Sweden held a reception at Sheraton Hotel in Stockholm to commemorate the 99th National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Over 400 guests consisting of people from all parts of Swedish society as well as leaders from the Taiwanese community in Sweden attended the National Day celebration.
An opening remark of greeting from President Ma Ying-jeou to Swedish singer and mouth and foot painter Lena Maria Klingvall was played on a gigantic screen in the front. The clip, taken from “Här är ditt liv”, the Swedish version of the television show “This is your life”, was originally aired on Swedish national television on September 25.
After the clip, which was well received, the Representative of the Taipei Mission in Sweden, Mr. Abraham Wen-shang Chu delivered a speech in which he expressed his admiration for Sweden’s 200 years of uninterrupted peace. He gave a brief introduction to Taiwanese and Chinese history, talking about the “45 days of democracy on the Chinese Mainland under Dr. Sun Yat-sen” as well as recent developments in cross-strait relations such as “the reopening of the sky” after a 60 year break. He spoke on Taiwan’s democratic transition and expressed the optimism he felt after hearing Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao saying during a recent open-hearted interview with CNN that, "the people's wishes for, and needs for, democracy and freedom are irresistible [and (concerning acting in accordance with his political ideals)] I will not fall in spite of the strong wind and the harsh rain, and I will not yield until the last day of my life."
Mr. Chu was followed by Professor Martin Ingvar from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, who spoke about the impressive academic development of Taiwan and how he saw unlimited potential for cooperation in the academic field between Sweden and Taiwan.
Representing the Swedish Taiwanese Parliamentarian Association, Mr. Christer Winbäck spoke about what Taiwan had achieved through democracy, human rights, and market economy. Having been to Taiwan himself, Mr Winbäck also praised the beauty of the country and the friendliness of the people, and encouraged everybody to go there.
Beverages and appetizing Taiwanese delicacies were served after the speeches, and people mingled and were informed through posters and brochures about upcoming events in which Taipei Mission in Sweden are involved, such as the currently on-going Hou Hsiao-hsien film festival at Cinemateket in Stockholm, and the Taipei Youth Folk Sports Group performance in Nacka later this year.