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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

DIPLOMACY

Recruitment denied

The French Office in Taipei yesterday issued a statement denying that it had commissioned local human resource consultants to hire mercenaries. According to a Chinese-language media report, a human resource firm had been commissioned by the French government to hire Legionnaires and was looking for individuals under the age of 40 with no history of tuberculosis. The company was set to hold press conferences in Taipei and Kaohsiung on Friday next week, the report said, adding that there was no restriction to nationality and no documentation certifying that the individual had no previous criminal records was required. The job would pay NT$110,000 a month, the report said. The French representative office said that it had not been notified of such recruitment and that French law strictly limits recruitment for the French Foreign Legion to French territories only. The French government would not allow and would never recruit mercenaries abroad through human resource agencies, the office said. It also denied commissioning the company to hire mercenaries and asked Taiwanese not fall for the scam. The office said the French government has its own recruitment Web site for the legion.

CROSS-STRAIT TIES

KMT-CCP forum plans set

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) sources yesterday said that an annual forum hosted by the party and the Chinese Communist Party would take place next month, and that detailed plans — including whether New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫), the party’s chairman, would lead the delegation to Shanghai — would be announced today. “It is natural for the delegation to be led by the party chairman,” sources said, short of confirming speculation that Chu might take advantage of the occasion to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平). The forum comes at a sensitive time because the KMT’s presidential hopefuls must register for the party’s presidential primary by May 18. This has triggered speculation that Chu would not take part in the primary if he attends the forum, to avoid the impression that he has been handpicked by China to be the party’s presidential candidate.

EDUCATION

Oxford to get center

The National Central Library on Wednesday said it has launched a partnership with the University of Oxford to establish the Republic of China’s 14th center for Chinese studies overseas. The center at Oxford will provide resources for Chinese studies and promote the academic accomplishments of Taiwanese scholars, the library said. Both sides also signed another memorandum of understanding to exchange books to facilitate academic discourse, it said. The center at Oxford will become the second of its kind in Britain. The first was established at the University of London in 2012. Taiwan has been establishing such centers in countries around the world, including the US and Russia, since 2012.

HEALTH

Measles warning issued

People planning to travel to Europe should be aware there has been a surge in the number of cases of measles reported on the continent, the Centers for Disease Control said yesterday. Travelers who do not have measles immunity are advised to get vaccinated two to four weeks before their departure for Europe, but if symptoms such as a fever, nasal inflammation or rash develop during a trip, medical treatment should be sought immediately, it said.

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