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Taiwan News Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

POLITICS

Wuer Kaixi invited to Japan

Former Chinese student leader Wuer Kaixi (吾爾開希) will be one of the Chinese activists invited to represent imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波) at a meeting of Nobel Peace Prize laureates in Hiroshima next month, a press report said on Wednesday. Wuer, 42, a leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing who once studied with Liu, will read a message on Liu’s behalf at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, to be held from Nov. 12 to Nov. 14, Kyodo news agency said. Liu, was sentenced to 11 years in prison last December on subversion charges after co-authoring a manifesto calling for political reform in China. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 8.

DIPLOMACY

Former Japanese PM to visit

Shinzo Abe, who served as prime minister of Japan from September 2006 to September 2007, will arrive in Taiwan for a two-day visit on Sunday on the maiden flight between Taipei Songshan Airport and Japan’s Haneda Airport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. Abe’s visit will make him the second former Japanese prime minister to visit Taiwan this year, following a visit by Taro Aso in April. According to Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lee Hung-chun (李鴻鈞), the head of the Taiwan-Japan Parliament Member Association, Abe will meet with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) during his stay.

FINANCE

New loan rules introduced

The Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) yesterday said that in the future, those who provide sufficient collateral for home or car loans would not need to provide a guarantor. CPC Consumer Ombudsman Huang Chien-lung (黃建隆) said the commission recently passed revisions to regulations governing the items that must be recorded in the standard Personal Car and Housing Loan Standard Contract. One of the most significant changes to the rules is that banking institutions must not require a debtor to provide a guarantor if he or she has sufficient collateral to cover the loan. The revisions would also protect consumers from unfair deals by allowing them to halt monetary transactions in the event that the car or home purchased is defective or has other problems not disclosed in the contract. The rules will become effective after an announcement by the Financial Supervisory Commission.

TRAVEL

Missing woman calls home

A 27-year-old Taiwanese woman surnamed Lin (林) who was reported missing in Malaysia after a serious argument with her French boyfriend called her family yesterday after being out of reach for nine days. Lin and her boyfriend arrived in Malaysia for a short vacation on Oct. 11. Friends said the couple had a quarrel which led to a break-up on Oct. 19. Lin decided to continue the trip on her own, but no one heard from her for nine days. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman James Chang (章計平) said yesterday afternoon Lin’s mother received a phone call from her daughter, who is on Tioman Island 32km off the east coast of Malaysia. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia had said on Wednesday that Lin was listed as missing in Malaysia and that the local police had passed her information to the International Criminal Police Organization, although departure records indicated she was still in Malaysia.

TRAVEL

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