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Taiwan quick take

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Diplomacy

HK pullout recommended

The TSU will propose that the government dissolve its liaison office in Hong Kong and recall all related personnel in a bid to protect the interests of Taiwan and its people, a TSU official said yesterday. Lee Hsien-jen (李先仁), director of the TSU's policy research committee, said the TSU legislative caucus will propose at a cross-party consultative meeting that the government heighten its alert against the likely passage of anti-subversion legislation in Hong Kong, which he said will put Taiwanese liaison personnel stationed there in a "risky situation." Risks of the liaison officials being purged by the Chinese communists in the name of subversion will escalate once the controversial Article 23 legislation is passed, Lee said.

Politics

Weng meets lawmakers

Judicial Yuan President Weng Yueh-sheng (翁岳生) yesterday said that he is satisfied with the Council of Grand Justices' work and reiterated that politics should not interfere with justice. Weng made his remarks yesterday morning during a meeting with nine PFP lawmakers. Weng said that it is very important for a grand justice to be independent and neutral. No politics should be involved in any judicial issues or requests for interpretation to the Constitution, he said, adding that the incumbent justices have been doing a great job regarding the rules.

Crime

Squid found with heroin

Investigators have arrested four people suspected of being involved in the importation of nearly 1kg of heroin brought into the country in shipments of frozen fish, Investigation Bureau officials said yesterday. Acting on a tip-off, the investigators discovered the chief suspect, a man in his 50s who owns a refrigeration plant in Nanliao, Hsinchu County, had imported a large amount of squid from Thailand, via Kaohsiung Harbor. The investigators raided the man's factory after the frozen squid were sent there. The officers found the squid had been packed with heroin.

Fishing

Ships bound for N Pacific

The Coast Guard Administration said yesterday that it will send two patrol ships to the North Pacific to police the area with the onset of the fishing season there. the Hsunhu No. 1 and Hsunhu No. 2 will embark from Kaohsiung Harbor within the next few days, coast guard officials said. In line with maritime resources and ecology protection policies adopted by major world fishery organizations, the officials said, the coast guard has joined forces with the Council of Agriculture and deployed ships to patrol major overseas fishing grounds to crack down on poaching in recent years.

Health

Genetic link for SARS?

People's susceptibility to SARS could be related to the Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA), Lee Ming-liang (李明亮), chief of the Cabinet's SARS Prevention and Relief Committee, said yesterday. Lee, who is an expert in heredity, said the world's four major Chinese communities -- China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore -- were gripped by SARS outbreaks, while non-Chinese populations such as South Korea and Malaysia, were unaffected by the epidemic. "The phenomenon leads medical experts to presume that SARS infection might be related to HLA," Lee said.

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