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Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER WITH AGENCIES

■ Culture

Cyclist lauds Canadians

A Taiwanese cyclist said in Ottawa on Thursday that he had been impressed by the friendliness of Canadians during his cycling trek across the country. Lin Chun-chieh (林群杰) made the remarks while meeting officials at the Taiwan representative office in Canada and several Taiwanese expatriates residing in Ottawa. Lin, 27, started his bicycle journey across Canada from Vancouver in mid-May and arrived in Ottawa from Toronto on Wednesday for a three-day stay. Lin will head for Montreal today, continuing his journey that will take him to several other Canadian cities, including Quebec City and Halifax.

■ Business

Chunghwa Post eyes food

Chunghwa Post has expanded its business operations to speedy delivery of fresh and frozen groceries. Since January, Chunghwa Post has offered speedy delivery services nationwide, delivering fresh and costly groceries such as expensive tuna sashimi from Pingtung, tasty rice dumplings from Tainan and lychees from Kaohsiung. Each shipment -- weighing under 20kg and valued at under NT$20,000 -- is delivered within hours among cities and counties, and even faster if the shipment is destined for a location within the same city, Chunghwa officials said. In view of the growing demand for such a service, Chunghwa Post has recently increased the number of post offices offering speedy fresh delivery to 13 from the original six.

■ Crime
Fugitive arrested in China

Undercover police sources reported yesterday that Hsueh Chiu (薛球), one of the country's most wanted fugitives, was arrested by the Chinese police in Chuhai in China's Guangtung Province. As of press time yesterday, the National Police Agency's Criminal Investigation Bureau would not confirm Hsueh's arrest and said that the Chinese police have not responded to any of the bureau's requests for confirmation about the arrests of Hsueh and his partner Chen Yi-hua (陳益華). According to the police source, Hsueh was arrested and detained by the Chinese police at his home on July 14. Chen, Hsueh's long-term friend and business partner, was reported to have been arrested on July 6 in Xiamen, Fuchien Province. The fugitives have been accused of attempted to blackmail Yang Teng-kuei (楊登魁), owner of the local cable TV station GTV, two weeks ago.

■ Politics

New recruit for Ma team

Independent Legislator Su Ying-kuei (蘇盈貴) yesterday confirmed a rumor that he will work under Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九). Su said that he and Ma had talked about a position in the Taipei City Government for a while, and that he had agreed to join Ma's team recently. It was widely rumored that Su would either become the chairman of the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission or the head of the Department of Labor, but Su denied that he would be assigned to either agency. It is understood he may instead become the chairman of the Human Rights Commission. Su said that his new position would not be in conflict with his legislative work and would not affect his participation in December's legislative elections. Su said that his position would be announced by Ma before going abroad on July 25.

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