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Eight Taiwanese pilots will begin their service for Sichuan Airlines in western China tomorrow, the first such group of Taiwan pilots ever recruited by any Chinese air carrier, an executive from the airline told CNA from Chengdu, Sichuan yesterday.
Xing Bing, a senior official of the airline said the eight Taiwanese pilots will serve on seven of the carrier's more than 100 routes, including flights to Shanghai and Beijing.
Xing said the airline will introduce the Taiwanese pilots to the public in a reception today evening on the eve of their service on the carrier's flights.
The greater Taipei area will soon be blanketed in wireless Internet access covering 28 square kilometers, making it the largest in the world, Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday.
Currently, the 28 square kilometer wireless coverage includes Taipei's eastern sections, Hsimenting, Hsinyi and other areas around Taipei Main Station where 2,300 wireless Internet access points are seen.
Ma added that all the schools in Taipei City will have wireless access, and that not only will laptop computers, mobile phone and PDAs have access to the Internet, but PDAs will also be provided Internet phone service.
The international community must play a role to prevent China from internalizing the issue of Taiwan and stop it from attacking the island, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a position paper released recently.
The ministry warned that if the international community accepts China's rhetoric that the Taiwan issue is an internal affair, then it will only encourage Beijing to launch an attack against Taiwan, which it said will further endanger the security of the Taiwan Strait and East Asia.
To avoid this, the United Nations must send envoys or inspection groups to assess the security in the Taiwan Strait, and regularly report their finding to the U.N.
Chinese director Chen Kaige said yesterday he hoped Westerners will be able to see classic Oriental beauty amid the state-of-the-art special effects his newly released fantasy epic "The Promise."
Chen, who is in Taiwan for the film's premier, said Chinese directors have traditionally shunned fantasy adventures like the "Lord of the Rings" and "Harry Potter" as products "being created to promote Western film technologies."
"The Promise" is about a royal concubine who makes a deal with a deity to give up true love in exchange for everlasting beauty and affluence.