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Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER WITH AGENCIES

■ '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."

■ Politics

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.

■ Education

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.

■ Development

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.

■ Transportation

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.

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