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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

CONSUMER RIGHTS

Check ‘cooling fabric’: group

Consumers looking to buy clothing that is advertised as effective in helping wearers beat the summer heat should check whether the garments are made by certified manufacturers of so-called “cooling fabrics,” the Taiwan Textile Federation advised yesterday. Currently, only 15 textile makers in Taiwan are accredited as manufacturers of the fabrics, association section chief Chen Mei-chen (陳美貞) said. Fabrics that have a “Q-max” value of higher than 0.14 are said to have a genuine cooling effect, she said. The Q-max value represents the amount of heat a material is capable of conducting from the wearer. The bigger the value, the more cooling it is, with 0.14 separating cooling and non-cooling fabrics. Consumers can check for authenticity by entering the numerical code found on the label on tft.ttfapproved.org.tw/.

DIPLOMACY

Cross-strait exchange starts

A group of 1,100 Taiwanese university students gathered in Beijing yesterday at the start of a summer program organized by the China-based All-China Federation of Taiwan Compatriots to promote cross-strait exchanges. About 200 volunteers and students from Peking University, Renmin University of China and Beihang University also attended the event, which has been held every year since 2004. The students will first visit historical sites around Beijing, such as the Great Wall and the Summer Palace, and will attend a series of forums organized by universities in China. After the visit to Beijing, the group will visit 27 other locations around China. Tunghai University professor Chiu Jui-chung (邱瑞忠) said China was a powerful country that should not be neglected, and the camp was aimed at helping students learn more about China’s political, economic and social development.

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