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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

CENSUS

Population rises to 23.46m

The nation’s population totaled 23.46 million as of the end of last month, according to the latest statistics released by the Ministry of the Interior. The figure represents an increase of 69,662, or 0.3 percent, from a year earlier, an average increase of 191 people per day, the ministry said. Compared with last year, the number of men rose by 18,798, or 0.16 percent, to 11.7 million, while women jumped by 50,864, or 0.43 percent, to 11.75 million. The population of women surpassed that of men for the first time in November 2013 and the trend has continued since then, the ministry said. Among the reasons for the greater number of women are the immigration of female foreign spouses, improvements in the average lifespan of women and the ban on fetal gender screening the ministry said. Compared with last year, Kinmen County recorded the highest population growth of any administrative district in Taiwan at 5 percent. The population of Chiayi County saw the largest drop, decreasing by 0.97 percent.

TRAVEL

Chinese visitors near 4m

Chinese appear to be losing interest in Taiwan as a destination for health checks and aesthetic medical procedures, according to figures released on Saturday by the Ministry of the Interior. Last year, 54,433 Chinese visited for health checks and aesthetic procedures, down 40,884 from 2013, when the figure was 95,317, the data showed. Chinese made 3.95 million visits last year, an increase of 1.1 million visits, or 38.6 percent, from the previous year, according to the statistics. The data indicated that 3.32 million, or 84.3 percent, of the Chinese visitors last year came for tourism purposes; 154,799, or 3.9 percent, for professional exchanges; and 111,995, or 2.8 percent, for business.

HISTORY

Chiang documents auctioned

More than 100 documents written by Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) were sold for a total of 17.83 million yuan (US$2.87 million) at a recent auction in Beijing. The 140 documents were dated from January 1935 to February 1945 and covered the period of the Second Sino-Japanese war, according to Chinese media. The documents had been in the possession of descendants of Chiang’s chief aide, Chien Ta-chun (錢大鈞), the reports said. The content included Chiang’s comments on the political situation at the time and complaints about his subordinates, according to the reports. The documents handwritten by Chiang have significant historical value and attracted a great deal of attention before the auction, Chinese media reported. The starting bid was 8 million yuan, but the documents eventually fetched double that amount, going under the hammer at 17.83 million yuan, the reports said.

ARTS

Festival to feature diversity

The music festival that accompanies the Golden Melody Awards will this year feature several concerts covering different musical genres to showcase the diversity of music in Taiwan, organizers said. The Global Music Festival concerts to be held from June 24 to June 26 are to feature 24 groups of musicians, including avant-garde electronic band Lie Gramophone (謊言留聲機), six-man rap group Boxing from the Paiwan people, Mandopop singer Victor Wong (品冠) and electronic dance and rock band OVDS. The concerts are to include rock, folk, electronic, hip-hop and dance music, according to the Ministry of Culture’s Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development.

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