Policy advisers list released
The Presidential Office yesterday released the list of policy advisers to the office, with leaders in cultural and sports fields included in the list. All the 21 advisers to the Presidential Office are current advisers, including former premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) and National Chi Nan University professor Lee Chia-tung (李家同). Twelve of the 79 policy advisers are newly appointed, including Percussion Group founder Ju Tzong-ching (朱宗慶), ultramarathon runner Kevin Lin (林義傑), Abbot Min Kuang (明光法師) and former education minister Wu Ching-ji (吳清基). Presidential Office spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi (范姜泰基) said President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) hoped to include experts and leaders in various fields among his advisers, and expected them to help reflect opinions from around the nation and give professional advice. The unpaid advisers will serve until Dec. 31 next year.
Wu Rong-i to convene group
Former vice premier Wu Rong-i (吳榮義) was yesterday appointed convener of the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) economic policy working group to address current economic woes. Wu, an economist, was picked for his expertise and rich experience, DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said, adding that the party would try to present a set of measures for recommendation to President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration, which has been unable to turn Taiwan’s slowing economy and high unemployment rate around. Wu, who serves as chairman of the Taiwan Brain Trust think tank, became the second candidate who ran against Su in the May party chairperson election to collaborate with him. Former Tainan County commissioner Su Huan-chih (蘇煥智) was tabbed earlier by Su as convener of a policy group on local governance.
Admiral Kao to succeed Chao
Vice Chief of General Staff Admiral Kao Kuang-chi (高廣圻) has been appointed to succeed Chao Shih-chang (趙世璋) as deputy defense minister, the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement late on Tuesday. The arrangement to replace Chao, who is retiring, has been approved by President Ma and will take effect on Sept. 1, the statement said. Kao’s previous positions include commander of the Navy and director-general of the ministry’s Department of Strategic Planning. Admiral Chen Yung-kang (陳永康), president of National Defense University, will succeed Kao as vice chief of the general staff.
Guatemala warning issued
People traveling to Guatemala are urged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to not carry flu drugs that contain banned substances, after a Taiwanese was detained last month. The ministry offered the advice after consular officials said that the individual was carrying a flu treatment commonly available in Taiwan, said Jaime Wu (吳進木), director-general of the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs. The traveler was detained by airport police for a day for possession of an over-the-counter product containing pseudoephedrine sulfate. The Guatemalan government has recently launched an effort to crack down on drug trafficking, Wu said, adding that Taiwanese should be aware of the content of any drugs they bring into the country. According to Guatemalan law, any chemical substances that can be used to make amphetamine — including pseudoephedrine sulfate — are banned.