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U.S. officials to visit Taiwan next month
William Perry, who served as U.S. Secretary of Defense under former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and Admiral Joseph Prueher, the ex-Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, will both visit Taiwan on January 13 next year, one day after the legislative elections. They aim to better understand the local political situation, a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.
Leo Lee, head of the ministry's North American Affairs Department, said that the two former senior U.S. government officials will visit the island for three days next month in their capacity as members of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and will be accompanied by the committee's president, Steve Orlins, and 11 other committee members.
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'Force majeure'
A special committee under the Central Election Commission yesterday said that only an unforeseen natural disaster on the day of, or prior to the election would cause the panel to declare a "force majeure" and postpone the vote.
The decision was made in order to discourage any pre-meditated events from causing a suspension of the elections. Only natural disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, floods and other unavoidable natural events will force the election to halt or be postponed, the committee members said.
The resolution made by the committee still needs to be approved by the CEC today.
Prestigious event
President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), along with Kiribati President Anote Tong, Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau and Tuvalu President Apisai Ielemia, yesterday attended the inauguration ceremony for Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co.'snew headquarters in Kaohsiung. Ching Fu is the largest private shipyard for new shipbuilding company in Taiwan.
Chen delivered a speech at the inauguration, saying that he was really honored to participate in the opening ceremony of Ching Fu alongside three presidents from the Pacific region, as the occasion marked the first time he had done so in the past seven years.
He said that this was also the first time he spent Christmas with three presidents, adding that it was also the first time that Kaohsiung had hosted so many Pacific leaders.
Quake hits Taichung
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake jolted Taichung City, central Taiwan, in the early hours yesterday, according to a report from the Central Weather Bureau's Seismological Center. The earthquake occurred at 2:28 a.m., 15.2 kilometers southeast of the Seismological Center's Taichung City monitoring station. The epicenter was at 22.9 km underground, the report said.


Updated : 2021-07-31 07:30 GMT+08:00