Aircraft to arrive by 2015
The military said yesterday that the delivery of 12 P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft from the US would be completed by June 2015. Navy Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Hsu Pei-shan (許培山) made the announcement at a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee in Taipei in response to a question by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ma Wen-chun (馬文君). Ma asked why the aircraft were not being delivered as originally scheduled, with the first five to have been received last year, followed by two this year, four next year and the last one in 2015. She expressed concern that the delay will lead the US increase the price. Hsu said that the new schedule was drawn up because the P-3C base had been relocated from Taoyuan to Pingtung, confirming media reports that the delay was caused by the relocation.
Lin pushes Hunan links
Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Lin Join-sane (林中森) yesterday expressed the hope that Taiwan and China’s Hunan Province can develop a complementary relationship that is both competitive and cooperative. Lin, on a visit to Hunan and Hubei provinces, made the remarks when he met Xu Shousheng (徐守盛), secretary of the Chinese Communist Party’s Hunan Provincial Committee. Xu said 2,000 Taiwanese businesses have invested in his province, adding that Hunan offers many incentives for Taiwanese businesses. He said that as of the end of last year, Hunan had received Taiwanese investment worth US$6.107 billion in more than 30 sectors. Meanwhile, Xinhua news agency reported that 20 tonnes of rice directly exported from Taiwan’s Miaoli County to Hunan for the first time had cleared customs and will be on the market in two days.