New York official to visit
Taiwan-born New York City Comptroller John Liu is scheduled to visit Taiwan today and tomorrow. Liu, the Big Apple’s first comptroller of Asian descent, is seeking the US Democratic Party’s nomination to run for New York City mayor next year. He will travel to Taiwan after visiting South Korea. His itinerary includes visits to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and meetings with Taiwanese experts and business executives. Liu will also deliver a speech on New York City’s economic and financial situation at the Taiwan Academy of Banking and Finance, a think tank and education institution.
Airport worker finds bullets
A worker at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport who was remodeling a section of the ceiling discovered several live bullets when they fell from the roof space, aviation police said. The worker was renovating the ceiling of Terminal 1 on Aug. 21 when he dislodged the nine bullets, the police said. The 7.62mm rounds were covered in dust and the worker did not recognize them as ammunition until several days later when he was cleaning up. He immediately reported his discovery to police. The bullets were sent to the Ministry of National Defense, where they were identified as having been made in Thailand by the Royal Thai Armed Forces. Police are still investigating how the bullets got there.
New dictionary published
A dictionary featuring the differences between the Mandarin Chinese spoken in Taiwan and that in China was published in China yesterday as part of a joint effort to promote Chinese-language reference materials. The dictionary, which includes common Mandarin Chinese words and phrases used in Taiwan and China, is part of a cross-strait cooperation project aimed at enhancing cultural exchanges by compiling and publishing Chinese-language reference books and setting up a database for the languages used on both sides of the Strait. The 1,800-page dictionary, which contains 5,700 words and more than 27,000 phrases, took 200 Taiwanese and Chinese academics more than 15 months to compile, according to the the dictionary’s Chinese publisher, the China Lexicographical Society. Both sides will continue compiling words and phrases, and will add more vocabulary for daily life situations in the next edition, Taiwan’s National Cultural Association secretary-general Yang Tu (楊渡) said.
Residency rules to be eased
National Immigration Agency Director-General Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功) said the agency is preparing a draft amendment for legislative review that proposes annulling regulations stipulating that foreign residents must live in the country for at least 183 days per year to keep residency. The draft amendment will also allow foreign residents to keep their permanent residency even if they live outside Taiwan for a long period of time, Hsieh said in a recent media interview. However, the period of time will be limited to a maximum of five continuous years, he said, adding that he expects the Legislative Yuan would quickly pass the amendment after lawmakers start discussing the proposal. If the proposed amendment to the Immigration Act is adopted, it will benefit more than 460,000 foreign residents currently living in Taiwan.