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Taiwan Quick Take

AGENCIES

Politics

Yeh recovering from surgery

Vice Premier Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭) underwent surgery yesterday to remove gall-stones and was expected to check out today, according to doctors at National Taiwan University Hospital. The doctors said about 30 gallstones were removed during a 30-minute proce-dure and Yeh was doing

well. Although Yeh wanted to check out of the hospital yesterday afternoon, the doctors advised her to recuperate for another day or two. President Chen

Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Premier Yu Shyi-kun visited Yeh at the hospital and

told her there was no need for her to preside over a meeting scheduled for today.

Politics

Ho retracts resignation

Minister of Economic Affairs Ho Mei-yueh (何美玥) with-drew her offer to resign

after President Chen and Premier Yu asked her to

stay, the ministry said yesterday. "The minister agreed to stay in the post, but she hopes the premier supports the plan to resolve the water resources prob-lem," said a ministry official. Ho has come under intense criticism over the handling of damage from Typhoon Aere. Thousands of house-holds in Taoyuan County

are still without water

more than two weeks since Aere damaged a reservoir and water treatment plants supplying the area. As of yesterday, roughly 81 percent of the county had water, while workers were still struggling to boost supplies to the entire network, said the official.

Cross-Strait Ties

Illegal migrants repatriated

Mainland Affairs Council Vice Chairman Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) yesterday hailed

the progress in repatriation of illegal Chinese immigrants, after China

sent ships to take back 115 people earlier in the day. Chiu urged Beijing to repatriate more people before the Mid-Autumn Festival on Sept. 28. There are about 2,500 Chinese waiting for repatriation,

Chiu said. Noting that the influx of illegal immigrants has posed a financial and social burden, Chiu said China should cooperate in resolving the issue. China also repatriated five wanted criminal suspects to Taiwan yesterday.

Diplomacy

British MP backs WHO bid

Member of Parliament (MP) Tom Cox presented a motion Tuesday in the House of Commons calling for the

UK to support Taiwan's bid to join the World Health Organization (WHO) as an observer. As the chief of a pro-Taiwan group in par-liament, Cox said in his motion that Britain should support Taiwan's attempts

to join the WHO not as a

part of the Chinese delega-tion but as an independent observer, which he said is the right of any democratic independent country. Cox's motion has won the spon-sorship of 16 MPs. Cox submitted a similar motion in February.

Crime

Drug smuggler nabbed

A young woman who works as a public relations manager at a Taipei pub was nabbed on Thursday trying smuggle heroin from China, police sources reported yesterday. The woman, identified as Tsai Fu-man (蔡馥蔓) was apprehended at CKS International Airport after arriving from Macau with540g of high-grade heroin, the police said. Investigators from the Criminal Investigation Bureau said Tsai admitted that members of a ring headed by a Chinese man known as "Chairman Qiao" had persuaded her to smuggle the drugs.

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