Wed, Feb 11, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

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■ Cross-Strait Ties

Lien supporters banned

Shanghai yesterday banned a meeting of Taiwanese backers of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰), saying no Taiwanese political groups were permitted to hold activities in China. City government spokeswoman Jiao Yang (焦揚) said Chinese law obligated Shanghai not to permit the Feb. 21 rally and banquet by Taiwanese businesspeople who support Lien. Chinese law "does not permit Taiwanese groups of a political nature to register and therefore, [they] cannot hold activities, such as that mentioned," Jiao told reporters. The ban could frustrate the business lobby's efforts to offer a more flattering image of China's communist leaders. Promoters of the Shanghai rally, scheduled for a ritzy hotel in the city's Pudong financial district, had said they hoped to organize a mass migration of voters back to Taiwan for the March 20 election.

■ Politics

Group wants explanations

The Alliance of Fairness and Justice, or the pan-purple Alliance, yesterday urged the two presidential candidates to explain clearly during the TV debates about their financial policies. The alliance demanded the both camps explain how they would reform the tax system, balance national finances, raise money for their platforms and establish an annuity system. The alliance criticized the pan-green camp for not following through on its proposals made during the 2000 election, including the kickoff of an annuity system and the establishment of reasonable care-giving services. It also criticized the pan-blue camp for drawing up various policies without talking about raising taxes or mapping out a plan to raise the funds to carry out its policies.

■ Travel

Taichung charters set

Maiden charter flights from the new international airport in Taichung are slated for early next month, according to Chiang Shao-chi (姜紹基), secretary-general of the Taichung Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is in charge of arranging the charter flights. Chiang said that China Airlines and Far East Air Transport Corp have organized three charter flights to Tokyo, Puget Island and Palau on March 5 from the airport. According to Chiang, public response to the special flights has been warm, as the number of applicants has exceeded the 360 seats available. He said the passengers would be chosen through a drawing in the middle of this month. The airport, which is in its first phase of construction, will only handle outbound charter flights initially. The second phase of its expansion is slated to be completed by 2009.

■ Water

Taipei lifts restrictions

Thanks to abundant rainfall over the weekend, the Taipei City Government suspended second-phase water restrictions in the greater Taipei area yesterday. A city spokesman said the restrictions in areas that rely on the Taipei Water Depart-ment for water would be suspended immediately. "The decision was made based on the fact that the water level at the Feitsui Reservoir has rebounded to 160 meters," he said, adding that water supply for household consumption will not be a problem until May when the north will enter its "plum rains" monsoon season. The second-phase restrictions on large-volume water consumers went into effect in five northern cities and counties last Friday. The restrictions remain in place in Taoyuan County, Hsinchu City and Hsinchu County.

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