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Taiwan National Day Greetings – Message from Cmde. R.S. Vasan IN (Retd.) Director, C3S

Wishing Taiwan a National Day filled with pride, progress, and the promise of an even brighter future. Here's to continued success and prosperity!

Attached is the 112th National Day Message from Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in Chennai (TECC)

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Dear Readers and well wishers of C3S,

As the Republic of China (ROC) (Taiwan) celebrates this momentous occasion of their 112th National Day Celebration, on behalf of the C3S team, Distinguished members and Youngminds of C3S extend our warm wishes to the people of Taiwan. This is a moment of recognising the huge leaps by Taiwan. From a stellar performance at the Asian Games, where Gu Shiau-shuang clinched the gold medal, to a total of 19 golds - matching the record set back in 1998 - Taiwan's sporting prowess shines bright.

The efforts made by Taiwan in the field of Science and Technology continue to play a major role in its nation-building. Thriving Information and Communication Technology sector, resilient semiconductor production networks, and advanced manufacturing capabilities has recognised Taiwan as a prominent centre for ICT manufacturing. According to the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan ranked first in worldwide market share for major ICT products. With holding over 60% of manufacturing share of semiconductor with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company leading the way. These milestones by Taiwan in achieving self-sufficiency will be in line with the government’s Smart Taiwan 2030 vision aimed at Make Taiwan Innovative, Inclusive and Sustainable.

Taiwan's dedication to its workforce is commendable. In 2022, it ranked sixth globally for average working hours among 39 economies, demonstrating its commitment to labour rights and conditions. Economically, Taiwan is on an upward trajectory, with its export-dependent economy rebounding in the second quarter, driven by robust domestic consumption. Gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by a preliminary 1.45% compared to the previous year despite the global economic slowdown due to the after effects of the pandemic.

Taiwan in the year 2022-2023 witnessed some major milestones in the defence sector which promises its secure the border. With the increasing threat looming over the Taiwan Strait by the encroachment behaviour of China, the country and its defence forces have been under caution and have successfully managed to uphold its sovereignty. As a means of defending itself, Taiwan achieved a milestone when it unveiled its first domestically developed submarine on September 28, 2023. This feat is also viewed as a stepping stone toward self reliance in defence technologies. This is a huge step by Taiwan by strengthening the island's defence and deterrence against China. Taiwan released its first national defense report since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As brought out by the report Taiwan’s military is upholding its long-held "resolute defense and multi-domain deterrence" strategic guidance, and continuing to beef up its asymmetrical warfare capabilities in the face of possible attack by China in the face of Russia-Ukraine War.

As General elections in Taiwan are set to begin in January, the world will be tuning in to witness the results of Taiwan’s political landscape which is deeply enshrined by the geopolitical shift. In the spirit of democracy and unity, Taiwan remains vigilant ahead of elections, recognizing the potential for external influence. It's a testament to Taiwan's unwavering commitment to uphold its democratic values. Amidst claims and challenges, Taiwan stands firm, showcasing its determination to protect its sovereignty and make decisions that align with the best interests of its people.

As this day celebrates the founding of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the strengthening of its democracy and values, India, the world’s largest democracy, stands with the people of Taiwan in securing and safeguarding its vibrant democracy. It is crucial to develop plans at this moment to ensure a future that is secure, stable, and prosperous, built upon common principles of freedom.

The Chennai Centre for China Studies expresses its solidarity with the people of Taiwan in extending our warm wishes on the occasion of the National Day of Republic of China (RoC). May our ties grow from strength to strength.

- Jai Hind.

Director General & Team C3S

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(The views expressed in this article are those of the author and does not reflect the views of C3S.)

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