Sat, Feb 19, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take


■ Cross-strait Ties

China must take nationals

China should quickly take back its nationals detained in Taiwan for illegal entry, Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Vice Chairman Chiu Tai-san (邱太三) said yesterday. Taiwan is presently holding around 2,400 detainees in Hsinchu, Ilan and Matsu who are waiting to be shipped back to China, Chiu said, adding that if Beijing cares about them, it should take them back. Under the terms of an existing bilateral agreement, Beijing is supposed to take back detained stowaways three times every two months, but the number repatriated last year is only half of the scheduled target, Chiu said.

■ Society

Swim kills one, injures two

An early morning dragon boat practice session left 2 Fu Jen University students injured and one dead yesterday. The three students, members of the university dragon boat team, had been swimming in the Er Chung Weifeng canal (二重疏洪道-微風運河) at the time. Due to low water temperature, below 10?C yesterday, all three were unable to stay afloat. While two of the students were pulled to shore by classmates, one was not found until noon by rescuers. The student showed no vital signs of life upon being rescued.

■ Business

Group urges change

The Allied Association for Science Park Industries in Taiwan urged the government yesterday to accelerate the overhaul or liberalization of regulations that are either outdated or insufficient. Tung Chao-chin (童兆勤), chairman of the association, called for the government to pay heed to the trends of industrial developments at home and abroad and readjust laws and regulations to meet the actual needs. Tung said that only by allowing these mature high technologies to be transferred overseas, where production costs are much lower, will Taiwan's hi-tech industries be able to maintain their international competitiveness. This is a trend that has been practiced for years in industrially advanced countries such as Japan and the US, Tung argued.

■ Society

Black History event held

To celebrate Black History Month, which takes place every February in the US, a group of people of African ethnicity will hold a Black History Festival & Celebration today, hosting a day full of activities and African cultural performances. Organized by Descendants of African People (DAP), a group of people of African descent living in Taiwan, the event is designed to provide an enriching cultural experience for both the foreign and local communities through various activities, according to the group. Elissa Russell, leader of DAP, said that Taipei has a unique mixture of people of African descent. By sharing different parts of the culture and history of African descendants, the group hopes to unveil the lives of the black community in Taiwan. The one-day festival, which begins at 11am and ends at 6pm, will include a marketplace featuring African jewelry, clothes and food, and a Children's Fair with games, songs and dances from Africa. Classes in Capoeira, Salsa, Hip Hop, and West African dances will be offered from 1pm to 4pm. Dancing and singing performances will be shared from 7pm to 9pm. The admission charge for the festival is NT$250 (including registration for a prize drawing). To learn more about the festival, visit the group's Web page at

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