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Taiwan Quick Take

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■ Culture
Music archive to open

The National Music Archive (民族音樂資料館) will open to the public tomorrow, the National Center of Tradi-tional Arts announced yesterday. The archive is an information library providing resources on Taiwan's ethnic music. Center director Ko Chi-liang (柯基良) said the archive, located on Hang-zhou North Road, will benefit people who are interested in the research of ethnic music. All the materials and collections in the archive are in digital or electronic files, Ko said. He said the archive's music, library and news clips can be accessed via the Internet.

■ Cross-strait ties

No comprome for culture

Cultural exchanges with China should adhere to three criteria -- dignity, recipro-city and safety -- Huang Chieh-cheng (黃介正), vice chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council said in Keelung yesterday. Speaking at a workshop on academic exchanges with China, Huang said cross-strait cultural exchanges are the least controversial and most stable form of exchanges. The only principle regarding them is that they should not compromise the dignity and safety of the country. He cautioned the workshop participants to be on their guard against Beijing's attempts to deny Taiwan's statehood. He also urged colleges and universities to ensure that visitors from China are not trying to sneak into the country to sightsee or work.

■ Trade

Products shown in Istanbul

Some 20 Taiwanese manu-facturers displayed their products at an exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey yesterday. An official of the China External Trade Development Council said the Taiwanese exhibited their products in Kazakhstan before arriving in Istanbul and will head for Moscow and St. Petersburg later this week. On display were computers and peri-pherals, medical equipment, auto parts, sports goods, and catalogues of products from more than 600 other com-panies. The council official said trade between Taiwan and Turkey increased signi-ficantly in recent years. Exports amounted to US$302 million in the first seven months of this year, an increase of 38 percent over the same period last year. Exports to Turkey jumped 83.4 percent last year, he said.

■ Diplomacy

California mission to visit

A 20-member mission from the California is scheduled to arrive in Taipei on Saturday for a five-day visit. Members of the mission will include lawmakers, local govern-ment officials and business leaders. They will be led by Jim Brulte, minority leader of the Californian Senate. They will meet with govern-ment and business leaders in Taipei and also visit the Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park and the National Palace Museum before leaving for Macau and Hong Kong on Nov. 6, according to a news release from the US Commerce Department.

■ Diplomacy

APEC meet bears fruit

Taiwan held bilateral talks with 10 states and has improved bilateral ties with at least 15 states on the fringes of a ministerial conference of the APEC forum in Bangkok, an economics official said yesterday. In a briefing to the legislature, Huang Chih-peng, director-general of the Foreign Trade Bureau, said that Taiwan's delegation made good use of its presence at the forum by associating with as many delegations from other member states as possible.

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