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Vice President William Ching-te Lai attend the “Post-earthquake Project in Nepal Exhibition”

2020-11-17
 
Vice President William Ching-te Lai attends the “Post-earthquake Project in Nepal Exhibition”and takes group photo.
Vice President William Ching-te Lai attends the “Post-earthquake Project in Nepal Exhibition”and takes group photo.
 
Vice President William Ching-te Lai attended the opening press conference for the “Post-earthquake Project in Nepal Exhibition” and praised the efforts of the “Taiwan Alliance in International Development,” which enables the global society to once again discover Taiwan. He also stressed that Taiwan will continue to demonstrate a spirit of, “Taiwan can help. Taiwan is helping,” and expects us to, “Continue to move forward. Continue to move forward with confidence. This can help our own country while helping those in need.”
 
After Vice President Lai arrived, he first heard a briefing from Standing Director of Taiwan Alliance in International Development Rebecca King-Ying Wang on “Human Oriented Partnership: Taiwan’s Post-earthquake Aid Project in Nepal” and watched a documentary on “Post-earthquake Reconstruction in the Mountainous Region of Dhading, Nepal”.

 
 Vice President Lai addresses at the Post-earthquake Project in Nepal Exhibition.
Vice President Lai addresses at the Post-earthquake Project in Nepal Exhibition.
 
Vice President Lai stated that he felt grateful for being able to attend the opening press conference of the “Post-earthquake Project in Nepal Exhibition” on behalf of President Tsai and expressed his utmost gratification on behalf of the president. President Tsai admired everyone’s efforts for trekking over mountains and across water to provide relief to the earthquake-stricken people of Nepal. Such action enabled the global society to once again discover Taiwan, demonstrating that Taiwan is really putting in effort to help the global society.
 
Vice President Lai related that he saw images of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on 2015. For Taiwanese people, Nepal is a distant country. We are aware that Nepal is a relatively underprivileged country. That earthquake resulted in the death of nearly 10,000 people, and 3.5 million families lost their homes. Those miserable scenes struck his eyes and his heart.
Vice President Lai said that he was very touched seeing the progress made by the "Taiwan Alliance in International Development". We did not overlook them because Nepal was far away from us or because those earthquake-stricken people had no relationship with us. “We have unlimited love. Love from Taiwan is always given to people who suffered, and those who really need it.”
 
Vice President Lai related that Taiwan has demonstrated its love not only in earthquake-stricken Nepal, but also after major earthquakes in Japan, or the tsunami which impacted Southern Asia. We also demonstrated our love when natural disasters strike China. Vice President Lai believes that one can only be regarded as great when he or she possesses love. Only a country with love can win the respect of the world.

 
Vice President Lai further explained that he had many feelings after watching the documentary, because Taiwan is also a country with many earthquakes. Taiwan suffered greatly due to the 921 Earthquake and received numerous forms of aid from countries around the world. When he served as the mayor of Tainan City, one of the most severe earthquakes in the past 50 years struck Tainan and the city suffered greatly. Many countries provided aid. When he was the premier of the Executive Yuan, an earthquake struck Hualien and Taiwan once again received help from other countries. Vice President Lai believes that assistance from countries that are better-developed and more capable to those that are enduring hardships is very meaningful.

Vice President Lai mentioned that from the previous briefing of Standing Director Wang, the post-earthquake reconstruction of Nepal once again proves that we have demonstrated, “Taiwan can help. Taiwan is helping,” amidst the COVID-19 epidemic. It is also really meaningful that an NGO was ahead in this project in this collaboration with the government.

Finally, Vice President Lai said that he will report to President Tsai on Standing Director Wang’s suggestions on the development of non-profit organizations. He also wanted us to, “Continue to move forward. Continue to move forward with confidence. This can help our own country while helping those in need.”

Later, Vice President Lai visited the progress exhibition under the guidance of the host to understand how the government collaborated with civil resources to assist in the reconstruction of Nepal.
 
Vice President William Ching-te Lai attends the “Post-earthquake Project in Nepal Exhibition”.
Vice President William Ching-te Lai attends the “Post-earthquake Project in Nepal Exhibition”.
 
Vice President Lai visits the progress exhibition under the guidance of the host.
Vice President Lai visits the progress exhibition under the guidance of the host.
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