Greater China forum to start
Entrepreneurs from Taiwan, China and Hong Kong are set to attend the start of an economic forum in Taipei on Wednesday that is the fifth such event held since Taipei and Beijing signed the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) in 2010. Under the theme: “Cooperate for innovation to share prosperity,” participants at the forum are to exchange ideas on how to foster cooperation and innovation among various industries, as well as discuss ways to complement and integrate Taiwan, China and Hong Kong’s resources and strengths to create new economic and trade opportunities for the Greater China area. The event is to feature two panel discussions in which 10 guest speakers from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Zhejiang, China, will share their ideas. Former Straits Exchange Foundation vice chairman Kao Koong-lian (高孔廉) and former China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits president Chen Yunlin (陳雲林) are expected to attend.
Shen hosts US banquet
Representative to the US Shen Lyu-shun (沈呂巡) on Thursday entertained US Congress members and diplomats at a banquet in Washington that featured Taiwanese delicacies on the menu and showcased the nation’s folk art. During the dinner, Shen called for a moment of silence to commemorate the victims of a stabbing rampage on a Taipei Mass Rapid Transit car a day earlier. He also expressed gratitude on behalf of the government for the concern US authorities have shown over the incident. Shen’s guests at the historic Twin Oaks Estate dined on dishes prepared by renowned Taiwanese chef Hsu Kai-tun (許凱敦) and drank kaoliang liquor from Kinmen County. Among those in attendance were Congressional Caucus on Taiwan cochair Gerald Connolly, US House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce and US representatives George Holding and Alan Lowenthal. Other guests included former US ambassador Edward Perkins and Joseph Donovan, managing director of the American Institute in Taiwan’s Washington office.
Rain to keep soaking nation
Most areas of the nation should brace for a rainy week as a weather front continues heading toward the country today, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. Parts of northern and eastern Taiwan could see intermittent rain today, while the north and mountainous areas in central and southern parts of the nation could experience brief thunderstorms in the afternoon, the bureau forecast. From tomorrow to Friday, the stationary front could bring sporadic showers or thunderstorms to most of the country, it said, adding that brief rainshowers may persist across Taiwan until after Saturday. Temperatures are forecast to range between 23oC and 33oC throughout the week in the north; 24oC and 32oC in central Taiwan; 24oC and 34oC in the south; and from 23oC to 34oC in the east, bureau data show.
‘Zongzi’ donations begin
As the Dragon Boat Festival approaches, charities across the nation have begun providing disadvantaged families with zongzi (粽子, glutinous rice dumplings). A temple in Greater Taichung distributed 30,000 zongzi to 600 disadvantaged and low-income families in the city yesterday, while in Taoyuan County’s Pingjhen Township (平鎮), community development associations jointly launched a charity program aimed at distributing zongzi to the needy.