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In Brief

KMT holds 1st round of legislative primary
The Kuomintang held its first round of the legislative primary yesterday with most of the incumbent legislators winning, but a few big names were beat in the race.
Among the big names, incumbent legislator Lee Ching-hua was beat by legislator Chang Ching-chung in Taipei County district. Lee later told reporters that he could not accept the results of the primary. Legislator Ko Chun-hsiung, who lost to legislator Lu Hsueh-chang, said he will still run in the year-end legislative election.
Tsai Cheng-yuan, an incumbent legislator, won by only a 2 percent margin against his competitor, incumbent city councilor Li Yen-hsiu.
Tax payment
Taxpayers can now pay their business tax and house tax at designated convenience stores from this year if payment due does not exceed NT$20,000 (US$602), Taipei National Tax Administration officials said yesterday.
The business tax will be collected from May 1-10 and the house tax will be collected from May 1-31, the officials said.
They said more than 29,000 small businesses with a turnover of below NT$200,000 per month in Taipei now see their business taxes amount to no more than NT$20,000.
Stores that can collect payments include Hi-Life, Family Mart, Nikomart, 7-Eleven and OK.
China frees activist
BEIJING, China
A Boston-based Chinese democracy campaigner has been freed after serving five years in a Beijing prison on charges of spying for Taiwan and illegally entering the country, his brother and lawyer said yesterday.
It was not unclear if Chinese authorities would issue Yang Jianli, 44, a passport and allow him to return to the United States, where his wife and children live.
Yang, a permanent U.S. resident, stole into China in 2002 on a friend's Chinese passport. He had lived in exile in Boston because of his involvement in the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests.
Rail inspection
A parliamentary delegation from Japan will arrive in Taiwan in early May to inspect the country's first high-speed railway, built partly on a model from Japan's Shinkansen system.
The 15-member delegation, led by Hisaoki Kamei, secretary-general of the Japanese People's New Party, will depart for Taipei May 2-3.
It will be the first time members of both the Japanese House of Representatives and House of Councillors will have formed a delegation to congratulate Taiwan since the high-speed railway began full operations in early March.


Updated : 2021-05-10 03:47 GMT+08:00