Court ruling on Wang Chin
The Los Angeles Federal Court of Appeals is expected to rule against Wang Chin She-ying (王金世英), the wife of former Rebar Group chairman Wang You-theng, in her case against the state-run Mega International Commercial Bank (兆豐國際商銀), a Central News Agency (CNA) report said yesterday. CNA said that the court would ask Wang Chin to return nearly US$20 million to Mega, the biggest creditor bank of the Rebar Group. The report quoted Hung Maan-huei (洪滿惠), an attorney for Mega, as saying that the lawyers of Mega and Wang Chin had received a ruling from a judge, saying Wang Chin should be responsible for the debt. Hung added the judge issued the document on April 30 and that attorneys for either side could file an appeal before May 12. Hung said the formal ruling would be handed down later this month.
Card to head US delegation
Former White House chief of staff Andrew Card will lead a five-member US delegation to attend president-elect Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) inauguration ceremony on May 20, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said on Monday. Card held the position under US President George W. Bush until April 2006, making him the second-longest serving White House chief of staff, AIT said in a statement. Under former president George H.W. Bush, Card served as assistant to the president, deputy chief of staff and secretary of transportation. Card also served as special assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs in the administration of former president Ronald Reagan, AIT said. The other members of Card’s delegation are AIT Chairman Raymond Burghardt, AIT Taipei Office Director Stephen Young, former Massachusetts lieutenant governor Kerry Healey, and Frank Fahrenkopf, a member on the board of the International Republic Institute, the AIT said.
Hanoi protests over Spratlys
The Vietnamese government has asked Taiwan to call off a planned inspection tour of the disputed Spratly Islands, one of two archipelagos in the South China sea claimed by several countries in the region, local press reported yesterday. “Vietnam resolutely objects to all activities violating its sovereignty over the two archipelagos,” government spokesman Le Dung said. Minister of National Defense Michael Tsai (蔡明憲) had been scheduled to visit the Spratlys before postponing the trip because of bad weather on Monday. Vietnam, Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei each claim all or part of the Spratlys and the nearby Paracels, and all but Brunei have a military presence on one or more of the atolls. Taiwan has constructed an airstrip on Taiping island, while Vietnam has stationed sailors on another.
Strollers safe: MOEA
A recent survey has found no unsafe baby strollers on the market, but parents should still be cautious when purchasing and operating the carts to lower the risks, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said in a press release yesterday. In March, the ministry’s Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection and the Consumers’ Foundation randomly inspected 12 baby strollers made in Taiwan or China. All the carriages passed the national safety standards, including clear product safety labeling, the brake effectiveness and product durability.