EU to pass Taiwan resolution
The European Parliament is scheduled to pass a resolution on Wednesday supporting Taiwan’s participation in major international organizations, a report said on Thursday. The resolution will also push for the signing of a comprehensive agreement on enhancing trade and economic cooperation between Taipei and Brussels. According to the report, the resolution will give a thumbs-up to the 15 cross-strait agreements signed in the past three years to promote bilateral rapprochement and engagement, including the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) signed last June. The resolution will also reaffirm the EU’s support for Taiwan’s meaningful participation as an observer in major international organizations, such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Taiping report denied
A presidential spokesman denied the government is intending to hold an international anti-terrorism meeting on Taiping in the South China Sea. Fan Chiang Tai-chi (范姜泰基) said the idea of holding such a conference on the tiny Taiwan-controlled islet is no more than a proposal by some academics, about which the government has not yet made a decision. Fan Chiang was responding to an Asia Week magazine report that the government will station marines on the islet and hold an international meeting on anti-terrorism there this month. The report said President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) would participate in the meeting in a gesture to illustrate Taiwan’s sovereignty over the area. The disputed area is also claimed by China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia.
Red Cross heads to Japan
The Red Cross Society of the Republic of China said yesterday it will attend a partnership meeting in Japan on Monday and will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with its Japanese counterpart on the transfer of disaster relief donations. Lin Hsiu-fen (林秀芬), deputy secretary-general of the society, said that at the meeting, the Japan Red Cross will brief representatives of 20 nations on how the donated funds are being allocated. The Japanese Red Cross is scheduled to take the meeting’s participants to heavily damaged areas of Sendai and Ishinomagi in Miyagi Prefecture. They will also visit temporary shelters and Red Cross hospitals. Meanwhile, C.V. Chen (陳長文), the head of Taiwan’s society, is scheduled to leave for Japan on Thursday to sign an MOU with his Japanese counterpart on Taiwan-Japan disaster relief efforts and on the delivery of donated funds to Japan, Lin said.
TRA looks to recruit women
The Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) has recently introduced six female conductors as part of a marketing campaign to rejuvenate the century-old service. Chih Chia-chen (池佳真), a 29-year-old conductor nicknamed “Little Lin Chi-ling (林志玲)” after the super model, said she hoped to bring a refreshing image to the TRA. “I feel a great sense of achievement when helping passengers, especially seniors,” Chih said. The “beautiful conductor” campaign is part of the TRA’s recent efforts to provide passengers with a unique travel experience, a TRA official said. The TRA said it has been working to recruit more females in recent years to redress a gender imbalance. Only 24 of the TRA’s