Chen Chu to visit US
Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) will depart for the US on Feb. 14 for a visit to the US Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as to promote the 2009 Kaohsiung World Games and solicit investment in the southern port city, a city official said yesterday. Making the 13-day trip at the invitation of the US State Department, Chen and her delegation will also visit the US Senate and House of Representatives, the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Commerce, the official said. During her visit to the Department of Homeland Security, Chen will seek its help with anti-terror information and solicit suggestions on the anti-terror measures her city has planned for the Games, the official said. She will also call a press conference and make a speech in New York to promote the Games, as well as meet with research fellows at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank.
Aboriginal fair begins today
To promote specialties from the nation’s Aboriginal regions, the Taiwan Indigenous Survival and Development Association organized an Aboriginal shopping festival that will begin at 10am today and last until 6pm tomorrow at the Huashan Arts District (華山藝文特區) in Taipei. The festival will feature over 70 booths from around the country selling handicrafts such as colored glass beads and textile products, as well as traditional Aboriginal dishes, millet wine and farm produce grown by Aborigines. Meanwhile, singers and bands of Aboriginal origin will also perform. “As the country is facing economic hardship, the nation’s Aborigines are suffering more than most people,” said Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Kung Wen-chi (孔文吉), who is of Atayal origin and the association’s chairman. “I would like to invite everyone to come have fun at the festival and help the Aborigines.”
MOFA mulls new offices
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday that it expected to open new offices in Sapporo, Japan, and Istanbul, Turkey, this year. The ministry said it was also considering closing underperforming offices.