■ CrimeFamily claims victim's body
Family members of a Taiwanese businesswoman who was murdered in Dongguan, in China's Guangdong Province last month flew to Dongguan Friday to claim her body, an official of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) said yesterday. SEF Secretary-General Yen Wan-chin (顏萬進) said the body of Liu Mei-chuan will be cremated in Dongguan before being carried back to her Taiwan home, citing unnamed members of Liu's family as saying. Yen said the SEF has rendered aid to Liu's family to fly to Dongguan, where Liu was conducting business. Liu left her Dongguan house on Oct. 26 and then disappeared. Her decapitated body was later found nearby, and all her money in a bank account was discovered to have been withdrawn. Three of her former employees have been arrested on charges of murder.
Kenyan wins marathon
Kenya's David Kariuki and China's Hu Xiouyin (胡秀英) won the men's and women's divisions, respectively, in the Taroko International Marathon held yesterday near Hualien. Kariuki finished the 42.195km race with a time of 2:24:26, and was followed by Poland's Marek Dryja and South Africa's Vladimir Kotov. Hu won her second straight Taroko International Marathon, finishing with a time of 2:59:20. She also won last year's Taipei Marathon. More than 8,000 runners from around the world took part in the event, including 1,052 runners in the full marathon, and the rest in a half marathon or a shorter 5km race, through Taroko Gorge. The top ten winners were awarded medals and cash prizes ranging from NT$5,000 to NT$80,000 (US$151 to US$2,417).
Magazine summit soon
The 2004 International Magazine Conference in Taipei is slated to open Nov. 15, with participants to discuss topics focusing on the expanding Asian magazine market and its challenges. The third annual conference will take place at the National Taiwan Science Education Center, with a handful of local and foreign experts in the magazine business on hand. The speakers will include Jan Hung-tze, chairman of the Magazine Business Association of Taipei; Patrick J. McGovern, founder and chairman of the US-based International Data Group; and Michael Vatikiotis, editor-in-chief of the Hong Kong-based journal the Far Eastern Economic Review. Details on the upcoming conference are available online at www.webs.xlab.com.tw/2004. Those who want to attend the conference can call (02) 2518-9922.
■ Cross-strait ties
Wu warns of nationalism
Taiwan must be watchful of the possibility of China resorting to nationalism to try to distract domestic attention from ongoing social disorder, Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) warned yesterday. Wu was referring to a Washington Post report which said the rule of the Chinese Communist Party was being challenged after more than 58,000 public demonstrations took place last year. Wu said Taiwan must not consider the problem as a purely domestic affair of China. In the face of domestic instability, authorities are likely to resort to national-ism to try to strengthen unity within the country and distract the people's attention from the problem, according to Wu.