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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff Writer, with CNA

FOOD

Cooking event held in Taipei

The three-day preliminary round of the 4th International Chinese Culinary Competition started yesterday in Taipei, attracting 72 hopefuls from Taiwan and Hong Kong, event organizer New Tang Dynasty Television said. According to the New York-based Chinese-language TV station, the competition centers on traditional Chinese dishes such as cuisines from Sichuan, Shandong and Guangdong provinces in China. Winners of the Asia-Pacific preliminary, held at Hall 2 at the Taipei World Trade Center, will book a place in the September finals to be held in New York’s Times Square.

SPORT

Ma officially opens WCBF

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) welcomed hundreds of young baseball players from around the world to the annual World Children’s Baseball Fair (WCBF) in Kaohsiung yesterday. Ma said that hosting the event in Kaohsiung was significant because the fair had not been held outside Japan for many years. Ma described this year as a banner year for baseball in Taiwan, the nation having won the World Port Tournament in the Netherlands on July 3 and qualified for three different world series slated for next month, when teams from Taiwan will represent the Asia-Pacific region in the Little League World Series, Little League Baseball’s Junior League World Series and the Pony League’s Bronco World Series.

ECONOMY

Land leased to jewelry firms

Taitung County Government said it has rented two plots of land to international jewelry companies to build a complex consisting of a museum and shopping malls, which it hopes will help boost the local economy. The government has rented out 0.68 hectares of a 100 hectare industrial area under 50-year leases, Taitung County Commissioner Justin Huang (黃健庭) said. Although the zone offers cheap rentals at around NT$3,000 (US$104) per ping (3.3m2), only one store — RT Mart — has operated there in 16 years because of poor transport links, Huang said. The project could create 500 jobs and generate up to NT$18 million for the county in terms of rentals, land-use rights and other fees, Huang said. The project is scheduled to be completed in March next year and become a major tourism attraction, Huang said.

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