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■ Transportation

Military drill delays flights

Six flights were delayed when Kaohsiung International Airport closed its runways for one hour yesterday morning due to a military exercise held in the area from 10am to 11am. The delayed flights included Mandarin Airlines and Uni Air flights arriving from Taipei, Hualien and Makung, as well as a Uni Air flight from Kaohsiung to Taipei. Passengers complained about not being notified in advance that there would be delays due to the military exercise.

■ Cross-strait ties

Injured journalist returns

A Taiwanese journalist who was injured last Thursday in a bus crash in western China returned to Taiwan yesterday for medical treatment. Ho Wen-han (何文翰), a cameraman with ERA Cable TV, was rushed to Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital for emergency treatment after arriving at CKS International Airport aboard a chartered China Airlines plane. Ho was paralyzed after sustaining serious injuries to his neck in the crash in Xinjiang. He was part of a group of reporters from 15 news organizations on both sides of the Taiwan Strait traveling from Fujian to Xinjiang. The group, traveling on nine buses, was on its way to Urumuqi when the accident occurred. Five of the vehicles were involved in the pile-up, which has been blamed on an unmarked road barrier.

■ Academics

New institute inaugurated

The Academia Sinica's Institute of Taiwan History was inaugurated yesterday after 11 years of preparations. Academia Sinica President Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲) said he hopes the new institute will have vision and adopt a comprehensive, circumspect and open-minded approach in researching Taiwan's history. The institute is the Academia Sinica's 22nd research organization. Institute Director Chuang Ying-chang (莊英章) said systematic research into Taiwan's history didn't begin until the 1970s when Academia Sinica launched the "Choshui-Tatu Creek Research Project." "Since the 1980s, research into Taiwan's history has gained steam with the launch of various large research programs and with the participation of new talented people," Chuang said. He said the institute will conduct in-depth studies on five major subjects: Taiwan's socioeconomics, ethnicity, colonial rule, culture and environment.

■ Overseas Chinese

Officials brief NY group

Two senior government officials paid a visit to the Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA) in New York on Monday to brief its board members on Taipei's policy toward China. Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) and Lin Fang-mei (林芳玫), chairwoman of the Coordination Council for North American Affairs, are among few senior officials to visit traditional Chinese expatriates groups in the New York area since the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) came to power in 2000. CBA chairman Chen Yu-chu (陳玉駒) said that his group is concerned about the administration's cross-strait policy goals. Wu told the CBA officials that the administration will continue to promote cross-strait rapprochement. Since President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) second inauguration, Wu said, the government has taken active steps and extended olive branches to Beijing on many occasions with the view to boosting cross-strait ties and moving them in a positive, constructive and peaceful direction.

■ Cross-Strait Ties

Detained newsmen freed

Two journalists from Next magazine have been released from apparent detention in Shanghai and were due to return home, Pei Wei (斐偉), chief editor of the magazine, said yesterday. Reports said that the two journalists lost contact with Taipei when they were in Shanghai on Saturday afternoon, and it was thought that they might have been held by Chinese policemen. Other sources said that one of them had contacted friends via cellphone and indicated that he had been arrested. Pei said that he has no idea why the two might have been held and would have to wait until they return home for an explanation.

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