Tue, Oct 07, 2008 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ DEFENSE

Congress told of arms sales

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said yesterday that the US Department of Defense had notified the US Congress of the government’s intention to sell several defensive systems to Taiwan under the Foreign Military Sales Program. “This is a significant and tangible demonstration of the commitment of the United States, under the Taiwan Relations Act, to provide to Taiwan the defensive weapons that it needs,” AIT spokesman Thomas Hodges said.

■ POLITICS

Tsai to miss Friday’s event

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will not attend the Double Ten national day celebrations in front of the Presidential Office, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said on Sunday. Wang, who is the lead organizer of the event, said he was disappointed by Tsai’s decision, but he could understand it in light of the not very amicable atmosphere between the DPP and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). Wang was referring to a scuffle between DPP and KMT lawmakers on Friday over Department of Health Minister Yeh Ching-chuan’s (葉金川) decision to attend a news conference organized by a KMT lawmaker while turning down the DPP caucus’ request for him to attend its meeting. Former presidents Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) will also not attend, Wang said.

■ MEDIA

DPP complains of leaks

The DPP caucus said yesterday the media might be violating the law by discussing ongoing criminal investigations. “The discussions of ongoing cases violate the [regulations against] leaking classified information in the Criminal Code and also the Broadcast and Television Law (廣播電視法),” DPP whip William Lai (賴清德) told a press conference. He said the caucus would collect news reports about Chen Shui-bian’s alleged money laundering activities to see if reporters or TV commentators have violated the law and forward the information to judicial authorities and the National Communications Commission (NCC). If criminal investigators leaked the classified information to reporters, they violated the law, Lai said. Fellow DPP whip Chang Hua-kuan (張花冠) said reporters arrived at Chiayi County Commissioner Chen Ming-wen’s (陳明文) office and residence one hour before investigators raided those places, which would indicate someone was leaking information to the media. Chen Ming-wen, a DPP member, is under investigation for leaking a tender estimate.

■ LABOR

Scaffolding fall kills one

Part of the scaffolding outside an apartment complex in Hsinchu City collapsed yesterday, killing one worker and injuring four. The five were laying tiles on the outside of a building for military personnel and their families in a compound at the intersection of Jingguo Road and Yanping Road. The five fell from the eighth floor to a platform on the third floor when the scaffolding collapsed. One was pronounced dead at a local hospital, two were treated for minor injuries, while two others are listed in critical condition.

■ DIPLOMACY

AIT offices shut for holidays

All offices of the American Institute in Taiwan will be closed on Friday for Double Ten national day and Monday for Columbus Day, including the American Cultural Center and the Kaohsiung office. All offices will reopen on Tuesday.

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