Minister of finance
no longer American
Minister of Finance Ho Chih-chin abandoned U.S. citizenship yesterday afternoon in order to show his undivided loyalty to Taiwan.
He completed all procedures of U.S. Citizenship abandonment. "I am 100 percent Taiwan citizen now" he said.
But he said that he would not forget the experience of studying and working in the United States, and would cherish the special memory in his life forever.
He said he was born in Taiwan and had finished the two-year compulsory military service here too, so it's perfectly justified for him to have Taiwan citizenship. He said he possessed U.S. citizenship in order to work for the U.S. government before. "It did not mean I did not love Taiwan" he stressed.
Curbing drunk drivers
Rising drunken driving fatalities on Taiwan's roads have prompted an opposition lawmaker to call for an amendment of the law to increase the penalties for repeat drunken drivers.
Legislator Hsieh Kuo-liang, who left the opposition People First Party and joined the opposition Kuomintang in April, told a press conference yesterday that the number of fatalities from drunken driving has continued to rise over the past six years.
Citing national statistics, Hsieh pointed out that drunken driving accidents claimed 443 lives in 2002, 461 in 2003, 454 in 2004 and 547 in 2005.
Kaohsiung warms up
A southern Taiwan city is holding warm-up events and building stadiums in preparation to host the 2009 World Games, the biggest-ever international sporting event to be held on the island, an organizer said yesterday.
The World Games, recognized by the International Olympic Committee as part of its movement, is expected to bring 3,200 athletes from 100 countries to Kaohsiung and will give Taiwan a blast of international attention less than a year after the 2008 Beijing Olympics take place in rival China.
A Chinese official has indicated twice that China would send athletes to the Kaohsiung games, an organizer from the city said.
Visa card use growing
Foreign tourists' consumption and transactions in Taiwan using their Visa cards registered a year-on-year growth in the second quarter of this year, indicating steady development in the tourism industry, aspokesman for Visa International said yesterday.
According to the latest travel report released by Visa International, foreign tourists made over 800,000 transactions in Taiwan using Visa cards in the second quarter, with an average consumption amount of NT$6,200 per transaction, which translates into a total consumption of over NT$5 billion.
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