Tue, Jul 10, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ POLITICS

Siew declines invitation

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice presidential candidate Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) has declined an invitation to attend a world Chinese businessmen's conference in Japan, a KMT spokesman said yesterday. The Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times' sister newspaper) reported yesterday that Siew was listed as one of the honorary chairmen of the 9th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention in Kobe. The convention, which is being sponsored by China, includes such pro-China figures as Zheng Bijian (鄭必堅) and Yotaro Kobayashi, the heads of the China-Japan Friendship 21st Century Committee. Su said Siew decided a year ago that he would be unable to attend the conference because of his busy itinerary. Su said he was baffled by reports describing the conference as opposing independence for Taiwan and promoting unification. He said there are many honorary chairmen listed for the conference, including several former Japanese prime ministers. Su said Siew's invitation was indicative of his stature in the world of international trade.

■ CRIME

Songshan police admit error

The Songshan Precinct of Taipei City Police Department admitted yesterday it had erred in identifying three decorators as thieves and apologized, but the trio refused to accept the apology. On May 30, an office on the seventh floor of a building in Sungshan reported NT$10,000 was missing. The precinct gave TV stations footage from the building's security video which showed Liao Keng-jen (廖庚仁) and his two sons passing cash to one another in the elevator about the time the robbery was reported. The police asked the public to "help catch these three men as quickly as possible." The Liaos, however, had been working on a renovation project on the 11th floor of the building and the money in the elevator was their pay. Liao and his sons went to the precinct to complain. Precinct Director Huang Chia-lu (黃嘉祿) admitted the error and apologized. Liao declined to accept the apology and asked Huang to step down. "I will step down if I have to," Huang said.

■ WEATHER

CWB watching storm

Tropical Storm Manyi formed at 2am yesterday near Guam, but it was unlikely to become a threat to Taiwan in the next few days, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday. As of press time, the center of the storm was located 500km south-southwest of Guam and was moving northwest at a speed of 23kph. It was to early to say whether the storm will head toward Taiwan, the bureau said. However, the bureau issued a precipitation alert for Taipei city and county, and Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Chiayi and Tainan counties. The bureau estimated that the rain in Chiayi County's Taibao Township (太保) measured 76.5mm in less than an hour yesterday.

■ CROSS-STRAIT TIES

Dance troupe visits China

More than 40 members of Kinmen's Wuchiang Dance Troupe left for Xiamen yesterday to take part in a summer camp with Xiamen's Little Egret Folk Dance Troupe. The group, made up mostly of students, traveled by boat. The delegation will stay in Xiamen for eight days. Wuchiang troupe supervisor Chang Hui-ling (張慧玲) said the visit was intended to expose his dancers to a different techniques and a different environment. The Little Egret troupe was established in 1993 and was the first professional folk dance troupe in China. The Wuchiang Dance Troupe was established in 2002.

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