Fri, Jul 23, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take


■ China

Nation not on the menu

Ajisen Noodles, a Japanese fast-food chain operating

in China, has been forced

to change its menus after referring to Taiwan as an independent country, Chinese media reported yesterday. "We are sorry. It is by all means a serious mistake with the copy editing of the menu," said Miao Tianfu, a spokesman for the Japanese-based company. "We are simply a commercial agent for Japanese food. We don't want to see this issue utilized for political purposes." The menus contained a map and a list of the various places where Ajisen Noodles has outlets, grouped by country. Under China, the list

includes several cities such as Shanghai and Hong Kong. But Taipei was listed under the "country" of Taiwan. The blunder was disclosed on an online message board used by students at Fudan University on Sunday, which sparked

a heated response on the Internet, the Shanghai Daily said. All of the company's outlets have stopped using

the menus and the person responsible for the mistake had been fired, it reported.

■ Politics

KMT veteran jumps ship

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Tseng Tsai Mei-tso (曾蔡美佐) yesterday canceled her 42-year KMT membership and announced she would run in legislative elections as an independent. Tseng Tsai made the announcement after losing

in KMT primaries in Yunlin County. Tseng at one time enjoyed solid grass-roots support, but her major patron, Yunlin County Commissioner Chang Jung-wei (張榮味), switched support to two other candidates. Tseng accused the KMT of violating its policies regarding the holding of primaries. She said that Yunlin candidates had originally agreed not to

have primaries and instead negotiate for nominations among themselves. She said this agreement was ignored, with the primaries then being held in voting stations some distance from where her supporters live. Tseng, long rumored to have been in talks with the Taiwan Solidarity Union, denied that she

would join another party and affirmed that she would run as an independent candidate.

■ Politics

Know thyself, and hurry

Independent Legislator Su Ying-kuei (蘇盈貴) yesterday said that he would study Greek philosophy and comparative literature at Cambridge University for one month before running

in December's legislative elections. Su, a lawyer-turned-legislator, was speaking during the opening of a computer exhibition

in Kaohsiung. Su, who

left the Taiwan Solidarity

Union, recently surprised

some observers when he

agreed to serve as deputy

convener of a human-rights committee at the Taipei

City Government. Su also suggested that Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who is also a vice chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), run in the 2008 presidential election, saying that he was the best choice of all potential candidates.

■ Investment

Ma to woo Silicon Valley

Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou will head a delegation

of officials and business executives to California's Silicon Valley from Aug. 9 to Aug. 11 to attract high-tech investors, media reports

said on Wednesday. During

his visit, Ma will lead a presentation introducing

his administration's plan to develop Taipei into a new Asian high-technology

hub. The plan, dubbed the

"Taipei Science-Technology Corridor," aims to develop the capital into the nation's high-tech heartland and invite overseas companies

to make Taipei their regional operations center.

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