Sun, Jul 25, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take


■ Diplomacy
Paraguay affirms aid uses

Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte Fruto said that Taiwan's financial aid to his country has been properly used, according to a recent Paraguayan media report. He made the remarks in a bid to counter the opposition's doubts that the use of the money has not been transparent, the report said. Duarte was speaking at a ceremony marking the inauguration of a residential community earlier this week in Asuncion, which he said was built with US$5 million -- the first part of an economic aid package worth US$29 million from Taipei. Duarte explained that the US$5 million was channeled into Paraguay's central bank and that the completion of the 86 houses is evidence that the donation has been used appropriately. Part of the money was also used in cultural and education affairs to help wipe out illiteracy, he noted. Ambassador Yen Ping-fan (顏秉璠) also attended the ceremony.

■ Society

Hakka culture promoted

The government is promoting Hakka culture with an aim of building Taiwan into a world Hakka culture center, Vice Premier Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭) said yesterday. Addressing a workshop on Hakka culture in Hsinchu, Yeh said that President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) administration has been actively promoting the Hakka culture since it came to power in 2000. Its concrete results include the establishment of the Cabinet-level Hakka Affairs Council and Hakka TV, as well as bringing the Hakka language back into the public arena, making the Hakka people proud of their own culture and revitalizing Hakka villages, Yeh said. Hakka TV programs have also contributed to the increase in the number of people who speak Hakka, she said. Yeh said she hoped that the promotion of Hakka culture will make the Hakka people become a happy and confident ethnic group.

■ diplomacy

Nicaraguan leaders to visit

Nicaraguan Interior Minister Julio Cesar Vega Pasquier and the Central American country's presidential aide, Avil Antonio Ramirez Valdivia, are set to arrive in Taipei on Monday for a five-day visit, according to a news release issued yesterday by the Foreign Affairs Ministry. During the visit, Vega is scheduled to meet with Vice Foreign Affairs Minister Ouyang Jui-hsiung (歐楊瑞雄), Police Administration Director-General Hsieh Yin-tang (謝銀黨), Immigration Bureau Commissioner Tseng Wen-chang (曾文昌) and Interior Minister Su Jia-Chyuan (蘇嘉全). Vega will confer a medal on Su, while Ouyang will bestow "the Order of the Brilliant Star" on Vega. Vega and Pasquier will also receive a briefing at the Government Information Office. They are slated to leave Taiwan on July 30.

■ Diplomacy

French lawmaker to visit

French National Assembly member Alain Madelin is set to visit Taipei tomorrow through Wednesday, according the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Alain's visit is aimed at learning more about Taiwan's current economic development. He is scheduled to pay a visit to President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁). He will also meet with Legislative Yuan Deputy Speaker Chiang Ping-kun (江丙坤), Minister of Foreign Affairs Mark Chen (陳唐山), Minister of Finance Lin Chuan (林全), National Science Council Chairman Wu Mao-kun (吳茂昆), Atomic Energy Council Chairman Ouyang Ming-sheng (歐楊敏盛), and EVA Group vice president Chang Kuo-cheng (張國城).

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