By: Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) Taiwan and Germany not only have strong ties in trade and innovation technology,
but also share great values such as freedom and democracy, said Martin Eberts, director general of the German Institute Taipei, at a celebration of German Unity Day on Thursday.
On Oct. 3, 1989, after a peaceful revolution, the people of East Germany succeeded in shaking off a communist dictatorship and embarked on a democratic path, leading to the eventual German reunification a year later.
In a statement issued at the celebration in Taipei, Eberts recalled that since Oct. 3, 1990, Germany has each year celebrated that democracy prevailed over illegitimate one-party rule, that freedom proved stronger than brute force, and that human rights cannot be suppressed indefinitely, and that all this change was brought about by a peaceful uprising, by an authentic expression of self determination of the people.
“It is this spirit of freedom and democracy, of respect for human rights and an open society, which is uniting Germans and Taiwanese especially on this very day,” Eberts said in the statement. [FULL STORY]