Fri, Jan 15, 2010 - Page 4 News List

Taiwan News Quick Take

AGENCIES, WITH STAFF WRITER

■DIPLOMACY

Former premier to visit US

Former premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) will lead a delegation of lawmakers and business leaders to Washington on Feb. 4 to attend the National Prayer Breakfast and a forum sponsored by a US think tank. On Feb. 5, Liu will participate in a forum jointly sponsored by The Heritage Foundation and the Taiwanese Association of America. He will discuss with US academics topics related to the future of Taiwan-US ties after the recent controversy over US beef imports to Taiwan. The former premier will also give a speech at the forum.

■CRIME

Police track diamond thief

Police said yesterday they were working with their counterparts in Japan to trace a man they believe has stolen valuable diamond rings in both countries. The man took millions of dollars worth of jewelry from a De Beers shop at Taipei 101, the Criminal Investigation Bureau said. He did so by pretending to be a customer shopping for a ring for his sister, the bureau said. He was accompanied by a local woman, who said she was approached by the man who claimed to be a foreign tourist and needed someone to try the ring on for him, the bureau said.

■FILM

‘Cape No. 7’ to go musical

The director of the nation’s most successful recent blockbuster — Cape No. 7 (海角七號) — is working on a musical version of the movie, sources said. Wei Te-sheng (魏德聖) is planning to adapt the movie about two love stories between two Taiwanese-Japanese couples into a musical, but the time frame has not been finalized, said Lian Yi-chou (連乙州), a producer with Taiwan’s Dafeng Theater Company. Cape No. 7, is the second-best-selling film in Taiwanese history.

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