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In Brief

High speed train to expand services
Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. has decided to boost its services by increasing the number of two-way trains between Taipei and Kaohsiung on weekends to 126 per day, starting January 18, a THSRC spokesman said yesterday.
The number of daily trains running during non-peak days from Tuesday to Friday will be set at 114, and on Mondays and Fridays, 120.
The new schedule will take effect on January 18, and may be adjusted later based on changes in market demand in the future, the spokesman said.
Panama-Taiwan ties
PANAMA CITY, Panama
Samuel Lewis Navarro, the first vice president and foreign minister of the Republic of Panama, reaffirmed Wednesday his country's good relations with Taiwan.
Lewis mentioned the issue during a Panamanian Foreign Ministry news conference.
According to a Taiwan media report, Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang (黃志芳) recently visited three diplomatic allies - Panama, the Dominican Republic and Haiti - because the three countries, in particular Panama, have come under strong pressure from China to cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
Describing Taiwan-Panama bilateral diplomatic ties as normal and sound, although admitting that Panama has also maintained good commercial ties with China, Lewis denied the Taiwanese report.
Mega-yacht business
Taiwan's yacht builders received orders for 71 mega-yachts with a total length of 6,867 feet (2,093 meters) in 2007, making the country the world's fifth-largest mega yacht supplier, according to tallies released yesterday by the Industrial Development Bureau under the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
The total length marks a 50 percent jump from 2006 and translates into a global market share of 6 percent, behind only Italy's 43.6 percent, the United States' 11.7 percent, the Netherlands' 9.2 percent and Germany's 8 percent, bureau officials said.
While only one Taiwan yacht builder was included on the list of the world's top 20 yacht builders for 2007, three have been included on the 2008 list - Horizon (12th), Ocean Alexander (16th) and Khashing (17th), the officials said.
No stumping policy
President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) said yesterday that military personnel should maintain strict political neutrality and must refrain from stumping for any candidates in the approaching elections.
Chen made the remarks when he presided over a commissioning ceremony for military generals who were promoted to higher ranks. He pointed out that the military serves the nation and the people and that it should remain neutral in the legislative elections and the presidential election.


Updated : 2021-07-29 21:42 GMT+08:00