By: L.N. Reklai

October 9, 2017 (Koror, Palau) Republic of China (Taiwan) celebrated its 106th National Day in Palau, a day ahead of the actual National Day of October 10.

President Tommy E. Remengesau and First Lady Debbie Remengesau, joined by traditional leaders,  elected leaders and community leaders celebrated Taiwan’s National Day with His Excellency Ambassador Michael Tseng, his wife and the people of ROC in Palau.


“Taiwan is a success story about how a country can transform from rags to riches…the success mostly due to its hard working people,” stated ROC Ambassador Tseng in his remarks.

Due to foreign aids, from its diplomatic allies in the 50’s and 60’s, Taiwan became not only self-sufficient but immensely successful Asian country now ranking 22nd economy in the world with per capital income of $48K and ranked 11th in the world in economic freedom according to Wall Street Journal.

Ambassador Tseng remarked that Taiwan and Palau share many commonalities and Palau has been a staunch supporter of Taiwan in the international arena.

Taiwan has supported Palau in its endeavors to achieve food security, health care, education as well as national development through improvement of public infrastructures.

Ambassador Tseng congratulated Palau and President Remengesau’s leadership which has won international accolades for its flagship initiative, “Palau National Marine Sanctuary”.  “Taiwan is proud to be one of the first sponsors of this meaningful project.”

“About 2 months ago, Asian Development Bank issued a report titled “Together We Deliver” which says Palau is “one of the most successful economies among the small Pacific island countries. Only last week, Palau was awarded the bid to host the high-level prestigious event “Our Oceans” conference in 2020”, added Ambassador Tseng.

Tseng emphasized that Taiwan had worked with Palau for 18 years to advance its people’s livelihood and pledges to continue as Palau’s closest development partner.  “We are not only diplomatic friends, we are diplomatic brothers,” stated Tseng. [/restrict]