Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer with CNA

Sun, Jun 05, 2016 - Page 3


Lee Teng-hui to visit Japan

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) is to visit Ishigaki Island, Japan, between July 30 and Aug. 3, and he is expected to deliver a speech on Taiwan-Ishigaki ties, Lee’s office director Wang Yan-chun (王燕軍) said. The trip is being made at the invitation of a group of young Japanese mayors, of which Ishigaki City Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama is a key member, Wang said. Lee is expected to talk about issues such as the historical connection between Ishigaki and Taiwan, and his vision for Taiwan-Japan exchanges in his speech, Wang said. It is to be Lee’s first visit to Ishigaki, he added. Asked if the 92-year-old Lee, who suffered from a mild stroke late last year, can cope with the flight, Wang said the flight takes only 50 minutes and that there should not be any problems.


Research center planned

Taiwan is planning to set up an international center to conduct ocean and weather research in the South China Sea, as part of its efforts to boost cooperation with ASEAN, Minister of Science and Technology Yang Hung-duen (楊弘敦) said. Yang said his ministry would push for the establishment of a South China Sea International Research Center in line with the government’s new southbound” policy. The plan includes establishing an observation station on Taiwan-held Itu Aba Island (Taiping Island, 太平島), the largest naturally formed landmass in the Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands, 南沙群島), and sharing the ocean and weather research data with ASEAN nations, Yang said. The ministry is also to devise a four-year plan for Taiwan’s scientific and technology development, based on the ideals of a smart, healthy and low-carbon society, Yang said.