■ 'One China' policy
US position unchanged
The US "one China" policy, which includes not supporting Taiwan independence, has not changed, a senior US administration official said Sunday. The official told media in Washington that US President George W. Bush reiterated the "one China" policy during a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) Saturday ahead of the APEC leaders summit being held yesterday and today in Bangkok. "The president reiterated our `one China' policy, noting that it has not changed, that we have a `one China' policy that is based on the three communiques, the Taiwan Relations Act and the fact that we don't support Taiwan moving toward independence," the official said. The official made the remarks in response to a reporter's question about how the Hu-Bush discussion about Taiwan came up. Hu told the media in Bangkok after the meeting with Bush that "President Bush expressed opposition to Taiwan independence in the meeting."
Lien visits Washington
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) arrived in Washington Sunday afternoon from Boston by train for a four-day visit. While in Washington, Lien will participate in activities sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute and other organizations. Lien will also meet with overseas Chinese leaders from the greater Washington area.
Ma urges cooperation
Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) urged Southeast Asian universities to step up cooperation with universities in Taiwan, when he received more than 30 Asian university presidents in his office yesterday. Ma told the educators, who are here to attend the 2003 Southeast Asian University Presidents' Conference, that it is necessary for the universities to improve their cooperation at a time when economic integration is accelerating in Asia. More than 100 university presidents from eight other countries and Taiwan are attending the two-day conference.
Offshore islands key
The Ministry of the Interior's South China Sea Committee held its seventh meeting yesterday to discuss the management and developments of the nation's offshore islands and territorial waters, including disputed areas in the South China Sea. The committee will formulate preliminary plans within a month and then report to the Executive Yuan. Minister of the Interior Yu Cheng-hsien (余政憲) visited the Spratly Islands on Aug. 16 and found the position of the islands important. Yu said he felt the responsibility of managing the islands is an enormous task.
CAL serves hot food again
Taiwan's largest air carrier said yesterday it is resuming the supply of hot meals on Taipei-Hong Kong flights after they had been suspended due to SARS. China Airlines (CAL) said the hot-meal service was scheduled to be restored on the route on Nov. 1. The air carrier suspended the service as a precaution against SARS. Passengers had stopped eating the meals because they did not want to take off their masks during flights. Instead, the airline offered cold meals that passengers could take with them when they got off the plane. Currently CAL operates 16 round trip flights each day to Hong Kong from Taipei and Kaohsiung.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,
NEW CASE REPORTED: A man who returned from South Africa on a flight with the nation’s 460th and 461st cases has now tested positive for the disease The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that there is no need to test all arrivals to the nation for COVID-19, a policy the Executive Yuan supports. The center reported one new imported case, bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 477. The new case is a Taiwanese man in his 60s who on July 25 returned from South Africa, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), who is also the CECC’s spokesman. The man had returned to Taiwan on the same flight as cases Nos. 460 and 461, reported on July 27, Chuang said. On July 24,