Fri, Jun 22, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ POLITICS

Su questioned about money

Former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) appeared yesterday at the Taiwan High Court Prosecutors' Office's Special Investigation Section to be questioned about a NT$100,000 political donation which prosecutors suspect was a bribe. Su was called in by prosecutors probing allegations that the Chinese Medicine Association had bribed lawmakers to support an amendment to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act (藥事法). The questioning lasted approximately two hours. As he left the prosecutors' office, Su said that he was merely helping prosecutors clarify things. "The money was a political donation. I came to help prosecutors clarify dates and specific details about the donation. They understand that I am innocent," he said.

■ POLITICS

CEC members reappointed

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) reappointed all 16 members of the Central Election Commission (CEC) yesterday for another three-year term. A statement from the Presidential Office said that commission chairman Chang Cheng-hsiung (張政雄) would continue to head the group. The commissioners' tenure expired last Saturday. By law, the commission must install 11 to 19 members for a three-year tenure.

■ CROSS-STRAIT TIES

Taiwanese vanish in PRC

Almost 100 Taiwanese businesspeople have died and nearly 300 gone missing over the years in China, while their firms are increasingly hit by sudden legal changes, Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) said yesterday. The 94 deaths and 339 disappearances in China since it opened up to Taiwanese investment were among 1,878 incidents reported by Taiwanese investors, Chen said. About 1,160 incidents involved personal safety, he said. "These statistics may just be the tip of the iceberg, and they show that strengthening the protection of Taiwanese and their property is something we can't go easy on," Chen said. Local governments in China have also sprung a number of sudden legal changes on factory owners recently, such as costly new environmental regulations, he said. However, Andrew Yeh (葉春榮), president-elect of the Taiwanese Businesses Association in Dongguan,China, said that China was generally not hazardous for Taiwanese businesspeople. "Whatever the problems are, it's still a good investment," Yeh said. "Only if I were to lose money would I not go there."

■ SOCIETY

CTOT plans birthday parties

The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) will host a series of events in Kaohsiung to celebrate Canada's 140th birthday. The celebration will begin on Tuesday at the Kaohsiung Film Archive, where the CTOT will host the First Canadian Animation Festival in Kaohsiung until July 12. The office is working with the Kaohsiung Film Archive to organize a half-day animation seminar to connect Canada's experience with Kaohsiung's animators. The seminar will feature David Baas, a Canadian animation director who won an Oscar last year for his excellence in animation, and Alex Liao, a digital artist of animation software company Softimage. As Kaohsiung is home to many young Canadians, the office will hold a party at a pub run by Canadians next Wednesday. The final event will be a "Canada Village" in front of the Film Archive on June 30, which will offer Canadian food and drink, building products, as well as information on education and tourism opportunities.

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