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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA


Tree removals spark protests

Environmentalists yesterday staged a protest outside the National Police Agency to protest the illegal removal of dozens of decades-old trees from parks in New Taipei City (新北市) to make room for the construction of police stations, as well as the prosecution of an environmentalist, who protested against the removals last month. Although then-Taipei County commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) and then-Taipei County Police Department chief Liu Kuo-tung (林國棟) admitted at a county council meeting last year that the proper legal requirements were not completed before the removal of the trees and apologized, the police still removed a total of 48 trees to make room for six police stations. Responding to the protesters, police agency official Lu Hsin-tsai (呂新財) yesterday promised that the agency would act more cautiously in the future.


Government hands out funds

The central government disbursed a total of NT$71.8 billion (US$2.47 billion) in cash to local governments on Thursday so they could pay salaries, year-end bonuses, job performance awards and retirement pensions, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said. The move came after Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) asked the DGBAS to deliver “the most basic fairness and justice” to government officials at all levels as the nation prepares to welcome the Year of the Rabbit on Feb. 3. The DGBAS said that of the total, NT$68 billion was for regular budgets allocated to local governments for this month and next month, while NT$3.8 billion was the government’s reserve funds.


China open to CAS products

Quality agricultural and farm products with CAS certificates will now be allowed into the Chinese market because the label has been registered in Taiwan, according to a Council of Agriculture official. “Taiwanese CAS-certified food products will gain an advantage in the vast Chinese market now that approval has been obtained for sales in China,” the council’s Animal Industry Department Director Hsu Kuei-sen (許桂森) said. “Efforts will be made to expand the sales network for CAS products from Shanghai to other Chinese cities, in collaboration with local importers and distributors.” Chue Weihsiung (崔軼雄), president of a Cityshop supermarket outlet in Shanghai, said the CAS label would help increase sales of Taiwanese meat products by 25 percent at his chain stores.

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