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Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ ARTS

Dancer to perform in US

Taiwanese dancer, Sheu Fang-yi (�?y), will perform at the US’ oldest dance festival in Massachusetts from Wednesday to Aug. 3. Sheu was the principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Co and co-founded the modern dance troupe LAFA and Artists with Taiwanese choreographer Bulareyaung Pagarlava in May last year. Sheu was invited to perform at the festival, along with other dancers from image artist David Michalek’s video program Slow Dancing, which features 43 dancers and choreographers from around the world.

■ DIPLOMACY

County inks Nanjing deal

Taipei County signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China’s Nanjing City yesterday aimed at enhancing bilateral exchanges and cooperation. The MOU was signed by Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) and Nanjing Mayor Jiang Hongkun (蔣宏坤) at a ceremony that took place at the Nanjing City Hall, with about 30 officials from the two sides in attendance. The MOU said that officials from the two sides would swap visits annually, mainly for talks bolstering bilateral exchanges and cooperation. The MOU allows for closer exchanges and cooperation in the fields of business, trade, high-technology manufacturing, tourism, education, culture and sports, and it calls for closer investment cooperation between the two cities. Nanjing decided to give 3,000 willow seedlings and 100 plum seedlings to Taipei County as a token of friendship.

■ CRIME

MOFA to respect results

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) will respect the results of an investigation by the Costa Rican judiciary into the alleged misuse of funds donated by Taiwan for a housing construction project in the Central American country, ministry spokesman Henry Chen (陳銘政) said yesterday. Chen was responding to local media reports that Costa Rican judicial officials raided the offices of the Housing Ministry on Friday seizing documents related to Taiwan’s donations that had allegedly been diverted to other projects. The reports show that Costa Rican Housing Minister Fernando Zumbado was accused of diverting funds from the US$148,800 allocation by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration for building houses for the poor to other projects. Chen said that during Taiwan’s period of diplomatic relations with Costa Rica, all bilateral cooperation projects were negotiated by both governments, with the required funds being allocated legally. Costa Rica switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing on June 6 last year, ending a 63-year diplomatic relationship with Taiwan.

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