Tue, Feb 06, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA

■ Corruption
More than 9,000 indicted

A total of 9,251 people were indicted in 3,636 graft cases between June 2000 and last December under the Ministry of Justice's anti-corruption operations, officials said on Sunday. Illicit gains recovered as a result of these cases amounted to more than NT$29.55 billion (US$898.18 million), officials said. Of those indicted, 503 were senior-level civil servants, 579 were elected representatives, 1,680 were intermediate-level civil servants, 2,820 were junior-level civil servants and 3,669 were ordinary citizens, the officials said.

■ Society

Harassment data released

The Ministry of the Interior said that 363 cases of sexual harassment have been reported since the Sexual Harassment Prevention Act (性騷擾防治法) came into force on Feb. 5 last year. The act promotes sexual harassment prevention training and awareness. Of the 363 reported cases, 163 occurred outside the home and workplace, with half of the cases involving inappropriate physical contact, while 93 percent of victims were female. One hundred and forty-five cases of sexual harassment took place in schools and 55 in the workplace.

■ Politics

Frank Hsieh in a hurry

Former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), who has not announced whether he will run in next year's presidential election, suggested on Sunday that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) open the registration process for its presidential primaries sooner than scheduled. Hsieh, in Los Angeles after attending the US National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on behalf of President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), said at a news conference that he had no opinion on whether the DPP primaries should be held earlier than May as originally scheduled. But he suggested that the registration process -- scheduled for April -- be moved forward. He said early registration would allow more time for intra-party negotiation. After the news conference, Hsieh delivered a speech titled "Taiwan Identity, Reconciliation and Co-existence" at a dinner party hosted by the DPP's West Coast Chapter in his honor. Hsieh said in a recent TV interview that he is seriously considering running for president.

■ Defense

MND hosts security forum

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) will host a regional security forum today and tomorrow, presided over by Minister of National Defense Lee Jye (李傑), ministry officials said yesterday. Many foreign and local academics have been invited to attend the forum, including former US deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs Randy Schriver; vice chairman of the US-China Security and Economic Review Commission Dan Blumenthal and Bernard Cole, a professor of international history at the National War College in Washington. Discussions will center on four topics: ways to improve the military transparency in Asia-Pacific countries, ways to reinforce mutual trust among countries in the region, as well as humanitarian relief operations, anti-terrorism affairs, and international crisis management and conflict prevention, the ministry said. Participants will also talk about China's military threat against Taiwan, the state of cross-strait relations, China's military modernization, and exchanges and cooperation between Japan, Taiwan and the US.

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