High Court gives deadline
Taiwan's High Court will rule on Dec. 30 on a second opposition lawsuit seeking to nullify the presidential election and to hold a new poll, the court said on Thursday. The court upheld President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) victory in a separate case early this month after 7 months of investigation, suits and ballot recounting.
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Group protests funerals
The 228 Incident Peace Association (二二八和平促進會), consisting of 228 Incident victims and their families, yesterday voiced its objection to having former President Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) and his son Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) buried with state funerals. The Chiangs' funerals became an issue after the Chiang family asked in early July to bury the two former presidents in Taiwan. But the association said that the Chiangs have already been given state funerals and, more importantly, the Chiangs were responsible for the deaths of thousands during their authoritarian rule. Giving them state funerals would be asking the victims of the 228 Incident and the White Terror to thank their oppressors, the association said.
Group to get trip
A group of representatives of travel agencies and airlines in the Philippines will visit Taiwan later this month on a promotional campaign sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Manila, an official of the office said yesterday. Shih Tzung-Jen (施宗仁) said the trip is part of the Taiwan government's campaign to promote tourism with the goal of doubling the number of visitors to the country by 2008. The office will provide free round-trip tickets and tourist information to help the group better understand Taiwan, Shih said. During the four-day trip beginning Nov. 27, the group will make stops at famous attractions around Taiwan, including Taipei 101, the National Palace Museum, and Kenting National Park.
Group to go to Japan
A Taiwanese delegation led by Koo Group chairman Jeffrey Koo (辜濂松) is slated to leave for Japan today for convening the two-day East Asia Businessmen's Conference (EABC, 東亞經濟會議) in Tokyo with his Japanese conterpart. "The main subjects of the closed-door meeting will be to focus on the long-discussed FTA issue and the protection of intellectual property," said Koo Yen-hon (辜晏宏), deputy secretary-general of the EABC. The annual meeting will be called from Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, and Jeffrey Koo will attend the conference in his capacity as the chairman of the conference's Taiwanese committee.
Narcotics police lauded
Taiwan's Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) was cited by the Tokyo Customs Office yesterday for its successful cooperation with Japanese law enforcement authorities in thwarting cross-border drug trafficking. Yang Kuang-chuan (楊光全), director of the MJIB's Narcotics Investigation Center, headed a group of staff members that attended the citation ceremony, which was held in connection with the 51st anniversary of the Tokyo Customs Office's 51st founding. Also cited for their contributions to international cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking were Hong Kong and Canadian customs authorities, Israeli police and the Australian Embassy in Japan.