Mon, Oct 20, 2003 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER WITH AGENCIES

■ Society
Runners take to the streets

More than 5,000 people yesterday braved an early start and a speech from Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to take part in the capital's 9th Annual Terry Fox Run. The event raised more than NT$1.2 million for cancer research. Ma praised participants outside Taipei City Hall for making Taiwan the world's third-largest money raiser in an event held all over the globe before leading runners on the 6.5km course just after 8am. Participants could also opt for a shorter, 2.2km course that ended at the top of Renai Road. Ma, who often competes in charity athletic events around the country and is the chairman of the Terry Fox Run Foundation in Taiwan, finished the longer course in about 30 minutes.

■ Diplomacy

US reaffirms `one-China'

The US on Saturday reaffirmed its "one-China" policy ahead of the presidential elections next March, which it said would be "another milestone in Taiwan's remarkable democratic development." The US "supports free and fair elections in Taiwan," US Department of State spokesman Adam Ereli said in a statement. "The United States does not favor one candidate or one party over another. We look forward to working with whomever the people of Taiwan elect as their next president and vice president. The traditional bonds of friendship between the people of the United States and the people of Taiwan remain as strong and vibrant as ever," the statement said. "Taiwan and its leaders can count on the United States to pursue a steady and constructive policy toward East Asia and the Taiwan Strait area. We will continue to adhere to our one-China policy," the statement said.

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