Tue, Nov 30, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ Immigration

Spouses get easier entry

Restrictions on the entry of Chinese spouses of foreign professionals into Taiwan are to be further eased, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Vice Chairman Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) said yesterday. Chiu made the remarks after MAC commissioners passed a package of revisions of the regulations governing the entry into Taiwan of Chinese citizens at a meeting held earlier in the day. According to the revised rules, Chinese spouses will no longer be required to give up their Chinese passports or other travel papers to the Taiwan authorities. Under the new rules, foreign professionals' direct supervisors or their corporate CEOs, regardless of nationality, can serve as guarantors for their Chinese spouses.

■ Politics

Election ad ban starts Dec. 1

Television and radio stations will be banned from broadcasting legislative election campaign commercials as of tomorrow, when the 10-day official campaign period for the Dec. 11 legislative elections will begin, the Central Election Commission (CEC) said yesterday. "From Dec. 1, political parties, individual legislative candidates and third parties will be prohibited from airing commercials on TV and radio channels," said CEC Chairman Chang Cheng-hsiung (張政雄). From that date, Chang went on, TV and radio stations will also be prohibited from campaigning for any individual candidates in their programs. According to the television and radio broadcasting law, Chang said, violators will face fines. The fines for cable-TV stations could reach a maximum of NT$500,000, while law-breaking terrestrial TV stations could be slapped with fines of up to NT$1 million.

■ Diplomacy

AIT reports suspect package

American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) officials notified police yesterday after receiving a suspicious looking package earlier in the day. Ta-an District police and bomb squad officers were immediately sent to the AIT Taipei office on Hsinyi Road to deal with the unmarked parcel. The bomb squad discovered that the package contained a letter and two bottles of water. The bottled water was then examined and found to contain no dangerous substances. The police handed the letter to the AIT officials, who said that it was an appeal letter, the contents of which they declined to disclose. The AIT officials said they notified the police of the suspicious package in accordance with the US government's standard counter-terrorism procedures.

■ Politics

President puts funds in trust

All of President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) assets have been put in trust, with the exception of deposits amounting to NT$540,000 (US$16,770) under the name of his wife Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍), according to a report released yesterday by the Control Yuan. As shown in the report disclosing the assets of public officials, three properties registered under Chen's name in Taipei City and Tainan County have been put in trust. Also in trust are stocks with a combined face value of NT$8.19 million under Wu's name, as well as deposits amounting to NT$28.83 million under Chen's name and another NT$12.69 million under Wu's name. Chen promised to put his assets in trust during the run-up to the March 20 presidential election, after the first lady was attacked for improperly engaging in stock trading.

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