Huang's letter published
A Danish newspaper has published Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang's (黃志芳) letter calling for the Scandinavian country to support the nation's application for UN membership under the name of Taiwan. Huang said in his letter published on Saturday in the Jyllands-Posten that since 1993, Taiwan, under its official title the "Republic of China," has unsuccessfully filed applications for UN representation. The country has decided to adopt a new strategy this year, applying under the name "Taiwan," on the grounds that up to 77 percent of the people of Taiwan support such a bid, Huang said. He described Taiwan as a "model democracy of multi-party politics" that needs more support from the international community.
Talk is cheap, says Hsieh
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) yesterday said that farmers affected by the recent spate of flooding and bad weather would benefit from politicians talking less and doing more to help them solve their woes. Hsieh made the remarks while accompanying Kaohsiung County Commissioner Yang Chiu-hsing (楊秋興) on a visit to papaya farms hit by last week's bad weather in Kaohsiung's Meinung Township (美濃). Asked for his views on the DPP's draft "normal country" resolution, Hsieh said that he believed DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun's intentions were good and he would support the resolution if Yu insisted on carrying it out.
Lu not buying a villa
Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) has no plans to buy a luxurious apartment in Taoyuan County, officials from the Department of Public Affairs said yesterday. The officials were responding to an Era cable TV news report on Sunday that said Lu recently visited the construction site of an upmarket residential complex, called "Gallery & Palace by the Riverside," in Nankan (南崁), Taoyuan, and that she might purchase one of the units costing NT$90 million (US$2.7 million). The officials said that Lu made the visit in the company of Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission officials, who want to encourage overseas Taiwanese to settle back home. The commission has been encouraging overseas Taiwanese to purchase homes in the country to prepare for their eventual settlement, the official said, adding that the vice president has absolutely no plans to buy a new apartment in Taoyuan.
Expert advises Kaohsiung
A financial expert yesterday advised the Kaohsiung administration to encourage certain flagship companies to take the lead in attracting more technology-intensive downstream industries to the city to produce a cluster effect. Hsieh Chin-ho (謝金河), executive director of the Taipei-based Wealth publishing group, made the comments in a meeting at city hall with Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊). Hsieh suggested that Kaohsiung should first "find its own strengths," adding that both the city's climate and its geographical position make it an ideal place for developing wind power and solar energy industries. He urged the government to encourage more established companies, such as China Steel Corp, to take the lead in attracting more technology-intensive industries, such as machine tool, stainless steel and precision machinery manufacturing, to create more economic benefits in the city.
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