Wed, Feb 02, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ Politics

Lee to take DPP post today

Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋), who has been named secretary-general of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), will begin today to handle the daily affairs of the party as its acting chief of staff, acting DPP Chairman Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said yesterday. Ker, who has been acting as the party's chief since President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) resigned from the DPP chairmanship in December, said Lee, who was the director-general of the Central Personnel Administration in the Cabinet of former premier Yu Shyi-kun, is supposed to take over on Feb. 15 when the new chairman, Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), takes the reins of the DPP. However, Ker said, routine party affairs cannot be left unattended as former secretary-general Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄) has been appointed as a non-elected lawmaker while his lieutenant, Lee Ying-yuan (李應元), has assumed his new job as secretary-general of the Executive Yuan. In order to address this problem, Ker said he has asked Lee to attend to DPP affairs as acting secretary-general before he is officially sworn in on Feb. 15.

■ Technology

ITRI patents hit record high

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) made significant progress in terms of its research and development and operations last year and will continue to promote foresighted research this year to create new opportunities for Taiwan, ITRI president Johnsee Lee (李鍾熙) said yesterday. Lee pointed out that the ITRI obtained patents for a record 1,146 technologies last year, which represented a rise of nearly 50 percent from 2003. While the volume of value-added technology services increased 44 percent from 2003, that of industrial services also rose 20 percent, Lee said.

■ Science

Nation to join year of physics

The Physics Society of the Republic of China (PSROC) will participate in this year's "International Year of Physics," the society's chairman said yesterday. Chang Ching-juei (張慶瑞) made the remarks during the PSROC's annual three-day meeting, which opened yesterday at National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung. Chang noted the international event is a worldwide celebration of physics that was initiated by the European Physics Society to mark the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's release of his three groundbreaking papers on photoelectric effect, Brownian motion and the theory of relativity. According to the PSROC, Taiwan will take part in a "lighting up the world with the light of physics" day slated for April 18. On that day, Chang said, the PSROC and the Optoelectronics and Systems Laboratories of the Industrial Technology Research will jointly switch on a laser beam at the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, and then move the light around the country.

■ Foreign Affairs

Taiwan to join APEC events

Taiwan will participate in the activities of APEC this year, an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday. Chieh Wen-chi (介文汲), deputy director of the International Organizations Department said at a news conference yesterday that APEC will have four regular conferences for senior officials, five conferences for ministers, an annual conference for ministers and a summit of APEC leaders. Taiwan will join in all of these, most of which will take place in South Korea, the host for the APEC activities this year, Chieh said.

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