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Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

■ DIPLOMACY

Ally prime minister to visit

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday that Sao Tome and Principe Prime Minister Tome Vera Cruz will lead a delegation to Taiwan on Monday for a four-day visit. Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang (黃志芳) will host a birthday party for Cruz on the day of his arrival, ministry officials said. Cruz will call on President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Premier Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄) to exchange views on the situation in Africa, bilateral relations and cooperation projects, the officials said. Cruz is also expected to visit information, textile, harbor, power and agriculture facilities, they said. Cruz, who assumed the post of prime minister in April last year, last visited Taiwan in April 2005.

■ HEALTH

Bone marrow donated

A shipment of bone marrow donated by a female Chinese national and tested as a compatible match for a potential Taiwanese recipient is scheduled to arrive in Taipei today. The bone marrow, expected to be delivered from Shanghai to an operating theater at Taipei Veterans General Hospital late tonight, will be transplanted to a 15-year-old girl suffering from inherited anemia. It will mark the first case in which someone from China has donated bone marrow for a Taiwanese recipient. Taiwanese had donated bone marrow to Chinese recipients over the past several years under the arrangements made by Taiwan's Tzu Chi Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Center. The center -- the largest of its kind in Asia -- has built up a databank of nearly 300,000 bone marrow samples since its inception in 1993. It has helped more than 300 victims of blood diseases find donors.

■ CULTURE

Fishermen's fest next week

A Fishermen's Festival will be held next Saturday and Sunday at Waipu Fishing Harbor (外埔漁港) in Houlong Township (後龍), Miaoli County, to mark Fishermen's Day. Activities at the festival will include an exhibition of the local fishing culture, ecological tours, sales of seafood products, seafood specialty cooking classes, a concert and fireworks at night, said Chen You-ching (陳有慶), president of the Taiwan Fishery Association. Visitors will be able to participate in qian gu (牽罟) -- a traditional fishing technique that involves the entire community -- and to see shi hu (石滬), or stone fish traps that once dotted the nation's seacoasts, but now can only be found in Miaoli and Penghu, historian Wang Chi-jen (王啟仁) said.

■ POLITICS

Hsieh leaves on US trip

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential hopeful Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) will head to the US today for an eight-day visit, his campaign spokesman said yesterday. The trip will take Hsieh to New York, Washington, Detroit and Los Angeles, Chao Tien-lin (趙天麟) said. "The visit is aimed at building a channel of communication between Hsieh and the US. We hope it will pave the way for long-term communication," Chao said. In New York, Hsieh will attend a Yankees baseball game, in which Wang Chien-ming (王建民) will be the starting pitcher. He is also scheduled to deliver a speech at the National Press Club in Washington and attend the launch of his supporter clubs in the US capital and Los Angeles. Chao declined to comment on local news reports that Hsieh was to meet with officials from the Pentagon, the US National Security Council and the Department of State, including Undersecretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns.

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