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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with agencies

DIPLOMACY

Street named after diplomat

A town in suburban Paris has named a street after a senior Taiwanese diplomat, a move that is believed to be the first of its kind in France, a city councilor said on Sunday. Hugues Rondeau, mayor of Bussy-Saint-Georges, a town about 30km east of Paris, will name an alley after Representative to France Michel Lu (呂慶龍), 65, who has served in the post since 2007. The mayor praised Lu’s enthusiasm for his work, City Councilor Philippe Le said. Rondeau was also quoted as saying that the Taiwanese representative has earned support with his creativity and his audacious methods of expanding Taiwan-France relations. Bussy Saint-Georges is twinned with Greater Taichung’s Dajia District (大甲).

MILITARY

Jets stationed in Fujian

A large number of J-6 fighter planes that have been converted into unmanned attack aircraft are being stationed at Liancheng Air Base in Fujian Province, China, according to the latest issue of Kanwa Defense Review. Chinese Web site Huanqiu.com cited the Canadian online magazine as saying that satellite photos taken on July 31, 2011, showed there were at least 55 J-6 aircraft on the base. The magazine said the air base most likely has more J-6s than any other base in Fujian, showing that the Chinese Air Force attaches great importance to the capabilities of the unmanned aircraft. Reports said the J-6, the Chinese-built version of the Soviet MiG-19 “Farmer” fighter aircraft, formed the backbone of the Chinese Air Force in the 1960s and the 1970s. The J-6 fleet was retired in the late 1990s. However, due to the J-6s’ maneuverability, high thrust-to-weight ratio, light weight and suitability for close-range combat, the planes have since been converted into unmanned attack fighters.

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