US Congress group visits
The new chairman of the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs arrived in Taiwan yesterday for a three-day visit to discuss bilateral ties and trade issues, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said. Republican US Representative Ed Royce is leading a US congressional delegation to visit Taiwan, as part of their East Asian trip, the first overseas trip in his new capacity, the AIT said. Royce is scheduled to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and others, the ministry said. The 20-member delegation also includes US Representative Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House foreign affairs committee, the ministry added. It is rare that the heads of the Republican and Democratic parties in the committee visit Taiwan simultaneously, the ministry said, adding that this shows the importance of Taiwan-US ties and US bipartisan support for Taiwan.
Shooting suspect questioned
The Supreme Prosecutors’ Office Special Investigation Division (SID) yesterday said a suspect linked to the 2004 election-eve shooting of then-president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and then-vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) is being questioned by prosecutors. However, SID spokesman Chen Hung-ta (陳宏達) declined to reveal details of the questioning. Tang Shou-yi (唐守義), who allegedly remodeled the gun and made the two bullets used in the shooting of Chen Shui-bian and Lu on March 19, 2004, was repatriated on Friday, following his recent arrest in China. Chen and Lu were shot while traveling in an open jeep during a campaign motorcade the day before the presidential election. They did not sustain any life-threatening injuries. The official investigation of the shooting identified Chen Yi-hsiung (陳義雄) as the shooter; however, he was found dead in what was believed to be a suicide.
The Presidential Office approved the resignation of Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Liu Te-shun (劉德勳) and Minister Without Portfolio James Hsueh (薛承泰) in a decree on Friday. Liu, who was also the spokesman of the council, disputed reports that his resignation indicated an imminent Cabinet reshuffle. He said he resigned to make room for new blood. As a career civil servant, Liu was transferred from the Executive Yuan to the council in 1993 to lead its Department of Legal and Political Affairs, and was promoted from that post to his current position in 2002.
Taipei to hold job fairs
The Taipei City Employment Services Office will hold a series of job fairs from tomorrow till Friday, with several companies to offer about 120 job openings in the events, the office said yesterday. The office, which belongs to Taipei City’s Department of Labor, said the first fair would be held in its Dinghao (頂好) employment center tomorrow, the second at its Xinyi District (信義) center on Wednesday and the third in its Neihu District (內湖) center on Friday. The employers who will seek new employees for their businesses include courier services provider President Transnet Corp and security services provider ISSWorld Taiwan, the office said. The recruitment activity will cover a wide range of jobs, such as drivers, delivery personnel, administrators, assistants, cleaning staff, security guards and shopkeepers.