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Taiwan News Quick Take

Culture

Children's festival opens

The Ilan County Government-sponsored 2003 International Children's Film Festival, the first children's film festival to be held in Taiwan, opened yesterday. The county government invited Chiu Li-wei (邱立偉), director of the animated film Dr. Torrado, to explain the significance and influence of children's films on children at a press conference yesterday. Ilan County Commissioner Liu Shou-cheng (劉守成) and teachers who have been trained in animated film production will help children make their own animation and act out scenes from Badu's Homework. Badu's Homework, directed by Cheng Wen-tang (鄭文堂), was chosen as the best picture at the 2003 Taipei Film Festival. It is a fairy-tale story told through the eyes of Aboriginal children. The theme is of an Aboriginal culture gradually eroded by modern life. The festival, which features movies and animation from eight countries -- Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Iran, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the US and France -- is set to run through Aug. 30.

Diplomacy

Chen praises El Salvador

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) met his El Salvadoran counterpart Francisco Flores yesterday at the Presidential Office, reaffirming Taiwan's relations and cooperation with El Salvador. Chen told his Salvadoran guest that Taiwan and El Salvador share the same spirit of potential and unlimited opportunity under adverse circumstances with limited resources. Chen also praised the courage and tenacity demonstrated by the El Salvadoran people in braving adversity, particularly in reconstructing the nation in the aftermath of two devastating earthquakes that hit El Salvador over recent years. El Salvador was not knocked down by the earthquakes but stood firm and was back to normal in the shortest period possible after the disasters, Chen said, adding that it represents the spirit of not abandoning the opportunity of success, which is similar to "the spirit of the sons of Taiwan."

Arts

Chen fetes Cloud Gate

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) attended the performance of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre yesterday to congratulate the world-famous group's 30th anniversary. In his weekly televised broadcast, the president called the dance troupe the pride of Taiwan, and the troupe named most often by his many friends as one of the joyful things which cheer them up when they were feeling down. He thanked the troupe's many sponsors for keeping the group performing through numerous financial crises over the last three decades and promised to be a firm supporter for similar artists' performance groups in the country.

Politics

Lawmakers have bold plan

Lawmakers from the DPP's mainstream faction yesterday proposed holding a non-confidence vote against the Cabinet by the end of the year in a bid to allow President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to dissolve the legislature and make the next legislative election coincide with the presidential election next March. The Chinese-language United Evening News yesterday reported that DPP Legislator Trong Chai (蔡同榮) proposed the plan to force the election of legislators by next March in order to widen the conflict between the KMT-PFP alliance. That, DPP lawmakers believe, would increase Chen's chances of winning the presidential election.

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