Thu, Nov 18, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ Politics

KMT ads tout `fresh start'

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) aired its first of two television campaign commercials yesterday, which are to promote the image that the party represents a fresh start for Taiwanese politics, balance and harmony in the government, and to show its resolve in representing the people. The 50-second commercial features KMT legislator-at-large candidate and Taekwondo star Huang Chih-hsiung (黃志雄), who won a silver Olympic medal this summer for Taiwan. In the ad, Huang is shown running through the Taiwanese countryside while being cheered on by local folk, with a voiceover expressing his gratitude and asking for the support of the Taiwanese people in the legislative elections. While the KMT originally planned to make four television commercials, it will most likely make just two due to financial difficulties, party spokesman Chang Jung-kung (張榮恭) said yesterday. The commercial will begin airing today until the legislative elections on Dec. 11 on all three terrestrial television channels and cable channel CTI TV.

■ Security

Minister finishes Hawaii trip

Minister of the Interior Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) yesterday completed his attendance at the 2004 Asia-Pacific Homeland Security Summit and Exposition held in Hawaii. The three-day summit ended yesterday. Su had departed for Hawaii on Monday afternoon, but kept his visit under wraps for fear of opposition from China. During the trip, Su met Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle to exchange ideas about finding a balance between tourism and preventing terrorism. Su also offered his congratulations on the re-election of US President George W. Bush. With Pingtung County and Hawaii's Maui County being sister counties, Su said at the summit that Taiwan should learn from Hawaii's success in promoting tourism.

■ Policy

Visa rules relaxed for China

The government moved to relax regulations capping the annual number of Chinese nationals authorized to make business trips to Taiwan, as well as the duration of stay, Cabinet spokesman Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) said yesterday. The number of Chinese businesspeople authorized to visit Taiwan each year under the new regulations is expected to be 10 times the current figure of 140,000 visits per year. Chen said that regulations stipulating that only Taiwanese companies investing over NT$3 million in China could extend invita-tions to Chinese business representatives has been scrapped completely. The new regulations also relax limitations on the job functions of visiting busi-nesspeople. According to records provided by the Mainland Affairs Council, about 1,500 visits to Taiwan are currently authorized each month. Only about 70 percent of those authorized actually visit Taiwan.

■ Litigation

KMT slander suit dismissed

The Taipei District Court on Tuesday dismissed the Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) slander lawsuit against radio personality and senior journalist Chou Yu-kou (周玉寇). The KMT had filed the suit after she allegedly said that the KMT had paid its supporters to participate in the protest in front of the Presidential Office on March 27. The court dismissed the case against Chou on the grounds that the statement was made by someone she was interviewing, National Chungshan University Professor Chang Hsi-mo (張錫模). The KMT had said that the party would definitely appeal.

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