The Sixth Asia-Pacific Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Forum, a three-day conference focused on the development and application of transportation solutions, kicked off in Taipei yesterday with participants from 16 nations. \nThe Ministry of Transportation and Communications' ITS Exhibitions 2003 was also presented in conjunction with the forum, offering approximately 80 stands, each displaying the latest in transportation technology. \nVice President Annette Lu (呂秀連) spoke at the forum's launch event, saying that "the development of ITS has become recognized as a means of improving the future competitiveness of a nation." \nShe said that the development of ITS provided a means of maintaining societal and governmental operations and functions in crisis situations, pointing out that the US began to push for the development of a National Intelligent Transportation Infrastructure (NITI) after the escalation of terrorist threats in the 1990s. \nShe further explained that the NITI represented the physical, economic and institutional infrastructure necessary for assuring enhanced economic, societal and governmental operations. Lu added that ITS development could stimulate investment and demand in Taiwanese economy. \nMinister of Transportation and Communications Lin Ling-san (林陵三), echoed Lu's sentiments, stating that the forum's goals were aligned with those of the nation's developmental strategy. \nHe further made efforts to boost Taiwan's tourism, telling foreign participants, "Autumn is the best season for touring Taiwan." \nThe forum will provide tours of Taipei City in addition to the technical tours of Chunghwa Telecom laboratories, the Taipei Traffic Control Center, the Taipei MRT Center and the Freeway Control Center. \nThe Intelligent Transportation Society of Taiwan organized and sponsored the event.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
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INTIMIDATION: Chinese military maneuvers have mostly led to heightened support for Taiwan’s defense forces, while China appears poised to continue its campaign China’s incessant military activities in and near the Taiwan Strait over the past several months are “greater in meaning than in substance,” and are aimed at polarizing Taiwanese society, a researcher said in a report published on Friday. China has attempted to intimidate Taiwan through military threats, while at the same time calling on Taiwanese and US officials to practice restraint, which is aimed at causing a rift between those who prefer resistance against China and those who prefer peace, said Lee Kuan-cheng (李冠成), a researcher at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research. “China’s goal is to obscure public awareness