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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff Writer, with CNA

DIPLOMACy

Laplanche to head EETO

A French envoy is expected to assume his post in Taiwan as head of the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) in Taipei later this week, filling a position that has been vacant since early this year. Frederic Laplanche, who served as the office’s deputy director in Taipei from 2004 to 2008, will assume the EETO’s top spot tomorrow, the office said yesterday. Laplanche holds degrees in political science and Chinese from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and the French National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, according to an EETO statement. He worked at the French embassy in Beijing from 2000 to 2004 before being assigned to Taipei. He returned to France in 2008 to serve as head of the Far East Division at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Laplanche is filling the vacancy left by Guy Ledoux, who was assigned to the Philippines earlier this year after his term in Taiwan expired.

CRIME

Number of scams down: Ma

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday that the number of telecoms and Internet scams had declined significantly over the past several months thanks to closer cross-strait cooperation on fighting crime. A thaw in relations across the Taiwan Strait and hard work by the country’s law enforcement authorities contributed to the lower fraud rate, but the primary factor was a judicial and crime-fighting agreement between Taiwan and China, Ma said in a speech. Under the agreement, more than 7,000 suspects have been rounded up in China, Taiwan and several Southeast Asian countries over the past several years, he said. Improved cross-strait ties have not only helped Taiwanese businessmen make more money in China and brought more Chinese tourists to Taiwan, but have also contributed to a significant drop in crime, he said.

MEDIA

CNA launches Japan site

The government-funded Central News Agency (CNA) launched a Japanese-language news Web site yesterday as a first step toward building an information bridge with Japan. The Web site (japan.cna.com.tw) will provide real-time news stories about Taiwan, as well as travel and tourism information, and art and cultural news, CNA said on Sunday. Taiwan’s first Japanese-language news Web site will focus its news coverage on headline news, basic historical and geographic background stories and a wide array of photos, it said. CNA is aiming to become “Taiwan’s eye on the world and the world’s window on Taiwan” by linking Taiwan and the rest of the world through a wide range of multimedia offerings, with the latest initiative extending its reach to Japan.

DIPLOMACy

MAC minister to visit HK

Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Lai Shin-yuan (賴幸媛) was expected to leave for Macau yesterday to host a ceremony to unveil the new name and signboard of Taiwan’s representative office in the territory today. Lai will then travel to Hong Kong tomorrow to officiate at a similar event for Taiwan’s office in Hong Kong. On July 4, the minister announced that the two offices would be renamed. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in Macau will change its name to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Macau. In Hong Kong, what was once the Chung Hwa Travel Service in Hong Kong will now be called the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong. Lai will fly back to Taiwan on Thursday.

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