China talks to resume soon
A sixth meeting between the heads of the two intermediary organizations dealing with exchanges between Taiwan and China will take place in Taipei, Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Chiang Pin-kung (江丙坤) said yesterday. “The meeting will be held soon,” Chiang said. However, he did not provide details about exactly how soon the meeting would take place. Chiang and his Chinese counterpart, Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait Chairman Chen Yunlin (陳雲林), have held five rounds of meetings over the past two years and have signed 14 agreements, mostly on expanding trade and economic cooperation between the two sides. The coming meeting in Taipei is expected to result in the signing of two new agreements, one on investment protection and the other on cross-strait medical cooperation.
New system unveiled
The National Immigration Agency on Monday launched an online travel document screening system, called Edison TD, which it described as a powerful weapon against human trafficking. The Edison TD database contains more than 2,800 types of travel documents and anti-forgery data from more than 200 countries, said National Immigration Agency -Director-General Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功), who described the database system as easy to use and efficient in detecting fake documents. The online system is regarded as the world’s most complete travel document database and has been adopted by more than 50 countries, Hsieh added. The system was designed by the Dutch National Police Agency with the cooperation of police and immigration authorities in the US, Canada, Australia and the United Arab Emirates, the immigration agency said.