Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:31 AM

PM Lilo in Taiwan for Double Ten Celebrations

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has arrived in Taipei for the Double Ten celebrations to a red-carpet welcome staged by the Republic of China Government.

A statement from the Prime Minister's delegation says Mr. Lilo arrived yesterday morning after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Meeting in Indonesia on Monday.

It says Mr Lilo will be in Taiwan for the next three days.

The Prime Minister joins other global leaders invited by the Taiwanese Government for the Double Ten Celebration today.

He is also expected to have a bilateral meeting with the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) His Excellency Dr. Ma Ying-jeou on the same day Taiwan will celebrate its one-hundred and second National Day.

In Taiwan, Double Ten Day begins with a flag-raising ceremony in front of the Presidential Building. After the flag is raised, the National Anthem of the Republic of China is sung.

A parade from the Presidential Building to the Sun Yat-sen Memorial is held. The parade used to be a military parade but now government and civic organizations are included. Afterward, Taiwan’s President gives a speech. The day concludes with fireworks.

The Prime Minister and his delegation will leave Taiwan on Friday.