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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA and AFP

CRIME

Former MIB chief impeached

The Control Yuan yesterday impeached former Military Intelligence Bureau director-general Ke Guang-ming (葛廣明) for allegedly embezzling NT$3.7 million (US$127,498) in 2008. The Control Yuan voted 12 to 1, passing a proposal initiated by Control Yuan members Yu Teng-fang (余騰芳) and Lee Ping-nan (李炳南) to impeach Ke. The Control Yuan later referred Ke to the Public Functionary Disciplinary Sanction Commission for discipline. On Aug. 17 last year, Ke was sentenced to 14 years in prison by a military court in the first trial of the case. Ke’s secretary, Tien Chia-tung (田家棟), was sentenced to two years and six months in prison for allegedly assisting him in the crime. Ke was accused of putting the funds in his personal safe and taking NT$450,000 for personal use.

ECONOMY

Kinmen Kaoliang posts record

A Kinmen County -Government-run liquor company reported record sales last year and vowed to expand its capacity. Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor Inc posted revenues of more than NT$12.3 billion (US$424 million) last year, of which NT$431 million originated in Xiamen, China, according to Yao Song-ling (姚松齡), managing director of the 59-year-old company. The company accounts for a substantial part of the annual revenue of Kinmen County. It contributed NT$4.9 billion to the county’s coffers last year on the back of strong sales, NT$700 million more than in 2009 and 22.5 percent more than projected in the company’s annual budget. The company also paid NT$2.88 billion in liquor tax to the central government, Yao said. Faced with competition from Chinese products, the company said it planned to raise annual production from 2.5 billion liters to between 4 billion and 4.2 billion liters within three years.

DIPLOMACY

More active WTO role sought

Taiwan will seek to play a more active role in the WTO this year, Taiwan’s WTO representative was quoted as saying in a recent interview with the WTO center of the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER), a Taipei-based think tank. In the interview, Lin Yi-fu (林義夫) said Taiwan intended to actively participate in multilateral trade negotiations and various committees under the WTO, adding that Taiwan’s delegation would seek to chair committees to boost its active participation this year. Taiwan will also seek to play more of a leading role in several negotiating groups it has joined, such as Recently Acceded Members (RAMs) — countries that negotiated and joined the WTO after 1995 — and Friends of A-D Negotiations (FANs), a coalition of countries lobbying for agriculture to be treated as a diverse and special case because of non-trade concerns, Lin was quoted as saying. He also said Taiwan should try to solve trade disputes through the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism more often.

SOCIETY

New Taipei plans food banks

The New Taipei City (新北市) Government said it would soon establish food and daily necessity banks around the city to help tide disadvantaged people and families over the current cold weather. New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) said the city government would set up the commodity banks in 10 social welfare centers around the city prior to this year’s Lunar New Year, which falls on Feb. 3. Chu said the city government would foot the bill for the food and daily necessities to be provided by the banks. He also called on the public to make donations.

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