Tue, Jul 27, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ Politics

TSU won't support KMT

Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Chairman Huang Chu-wen (黃主文) said yesterday that it was impossible for the TSU to support a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)-approved candidate

to run for the legislative speakership. Huang stressed that the TSU will uphold its goal of giving the pan-green camp a solid majority in

the legislature in order

to stabilize the political situation, develop the economy, and eventually strengthen the nation. It

was also recently rumored that Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) has mended his relationship with former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝).

■ Society

Warning of birth troubles

The population aged over

65 will increase to about

7 million by 2051, said

a report by the Council

of Economic Planning

and Development released yesterday. According to the report, the population aged above 65 this year will mount to 2.14 million. Fifty years later, it will increase to 6.95 million. An aging population is an inevitable trend, and will cause financial pressure

on the government, society

and families in the future,

the council said. The government should make

a greater effort to increase

the birth rate, it said. The report said the main reason for diseased children is that one-quarter of women over 40 years old are unmarried. If it aims to increase the number of children born

on average by each woman from 1.2 to 1.6 in 2021, the government must encourage citizens to get married, the council said.

■ Diplomacy

Scholarships awarded

The nation's top liaison officer in the Philippines yesterday met with 10 Philippine nationals

who have been awarded scholarships to study Mandarin and Taiwan's cultures. Wu Hsin-hsing (吳新興), representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines, congratulated the scholarship holders and hoped they would become cultural ambassadors

and cement bilateral ties between the two countries after completing their studies. The 10 recipients -- all officials from government agencies or academic organizations -- will study at Mandarin centers run by universities around the nation for

one year. The universities include National Taiwan University, National Chengchi University, National Taiwan Normal University, National Cheng Kung University and Ming Chuan University. A police officer with expertise

in narcotics investigations

said that learning Mandarin would enable him to handle cases more easily when Chinese speakers were involved.

■ Crime

Another `tourist' detained

The fourth member of a 17-strong group of Chinese tourists who arrived in

the country earlier this

month but went missing

after arriving at CKS International Airport

was detained by police yesterday. Chen Junyun,

37, of Fujian Province, was arrested by aviation police when he showed up at the airport attempting to buy

a ticket out of the country. Chen said during his arraignment that he arrived in the country on a China Airlines flight on July 13. He said a "strange man" had led the group to Taipei. He told police that he only wanted to find some short-term work but failed, so he decided to leave. He was turned over to the Taoyuan Prosecutor's Office.

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