Thu, Aug 21, 2003 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take


■ TaichungHarbor gets investment

In a bid to further develop Taichung harbor and make it into a free-trade harbor zone, the Cabinet yesterday announced that the government and the private sector combined will invest a total of NT$13.7 billion for the next five years. According to a press release, the Cabinet will invest NT$5 billion while the private sector will contribute NT$8.7 billion. The fund will be used to build public-infrastructure projects including 64 wharfs and 15 specialized areas within the free-trade harbor zone, as well as pay for the broadening and deepening of waterways.

■ Cross-strait ties

Pair convicted of murder

Two Chinese men have been sentenced to death in Shanghai for the murder and robbery of a Taiwanese businessman and his family, the Chinese government said yesterday. The Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court found Huang Ligang (黃利剛) and Cheng Liang (程亮) guilty of killing Song Yu (宋鈺), his wife and their four-year-old daughter during a robbery attempt on June 23, said a court official, who refused to give her name. The sentence was issued Tuesday after a one-day trial, she said. The attack prompted Taiwan to appeal for increased security for its investors in China, tens of thousands of whom live in Shanghai. According to the official Xinhua News Agency, Huang and Cheng stole a laptop computer and Chinese and foreign currency from the home, then fled in the family's four-wheel-drive vehicle. They were arrested two days later in a rural area of Jiangsu Province, Xinhua said.

■ Crime

Alleged embezzlers wanted

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles on Tuesday asked the overseas Chinese community to help locate a couple wanted in Taiwan. Liu Kuan-chun (劉冠軍), former chief accountant of the National Security Bureau, is wanted on charges of embezzling more than NT$192 million (US$5.5 million), while his wife, Meng Wen-hua (孟雯華), is wanted for allegedly assisting Liu in embezzling the money and in engaging in money laundering. Liu left Taiwan on Sept. 3, 2000, and his wife left the following day. Sources said that Liu first went to China and hid in Shanghai, while Meng took their two children to Toronto, Canada. Recent overseas media reports said that the family could be hiding in North America, possibly in southern California. Anyone with information concerning Liu and his family is asked to contact the office at (213) 389-1215, or write to the Investigation Bureau at P O Box 60000, Hsintien, Taipei, Taiwan.

■ Terrorism

Baghdad attack condemned

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday condemned the devastating terrorist attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad. In a press statement released by the ministry last night, the ministry also expressed its condolences over people who died during the attack. Top UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello was among the more than 20 victims who were killed in Tuesday's massive bomb blast, which could be felt more than a kilometer away. In the press release, the ministry stressed Taiwan's willingness to support the UN's plans for rebuilding Iraq and stated that Minister of Foreign Affairs Eugene Chien (簡又新) had sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to express Taiwan's sympathy for the victims and their families.

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