Chiu Yi back in action
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) yesterday received a warm welcome from his party colleagues upon returning to the legislature following the completion of his seven-month jail term at Kaohsiung Prison. Flanked by KMT Secretary-General Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) and KMT caucus whip Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權) at a press conference, Chiu vowed to continue to "expose scandals" involving the Democratic Progressive Party. Chiu was sentenced to 14 months in prison for violent conduct during a protest outside the Kaohsiung District Court following the 2004 presidential election. Chiu began his sentence in April, but his 14-month term was halved under a commutation statute in June. Saying that Chiu's sentence was a set-up, Wu said the KMT welcomed Chiu back to the "family" as a "national hero."
Universities sign deal
National Chengchi University yesterday signed a dual-degree program deal with the American University in Washington, marking the first time a political science program in Taiwan has collaborated with a foreign institution, NCCU representative Teng Chung-chian (鄧中堅) said. Starting in September, US and Taiwanese students will have the option of obtaining a degree from either school by studying abroad for one-and-half years to complete a bachelor's or one year to complete a master's. Cheng said the cost of studying in the US was approximately NT$1.3 million (US$40,000) per year, but the school would provide scholarships for qualified students.
`Nanking' to be screened
A US-produced documentary about the Nanjing massacre, Nanking, will be screened in Taiwan from Nov. 30, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced yesterday. AIT issued a statement saying the Taipei release of the film came before the 70th anniversary of the December 1937 incident. The film features archive footage and photos of the event, interviews with survivors, testimonies by former Japanese soldiers and accounts of the small group of Westerners who established a safe zone where more than 200,000 Chinese found refuge. Oscar-winning directors Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman and producer Ted Leonsis will be in Taipei to attend the Golden Horse Festival on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29 to present two screenings of their film followed by seminars.
Ministry explains objection
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokeswoman Phoebe Yeh (葉非比) told a press conference yesterday that Taipei had objected to the proposed appointment of a Chinese judge to a WTO body that settles disputes in order to protect the nation's interests. On Monday Taiwan raised the objection against Chinese lawyer Zhang Yuejiao (張月姣), one of four candidates set to be named to the WTO's seven-member Appellate Body. Yeh said Taiwan wanted the WTO to ensure Zhang would be impartial in the settling of disputes before approving her appointment. "We are concerned because China never stops harrassing Taiwan at the WTO." If appointed, Zhang will become the first Chinese to take up a WTO post since the country joined the global trade body in 2001.