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But he offered few concrete steps on how to win back public confidence shattered by the disaster at the tsunami-hit Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.


Two executives guilty of spying for China

TAIPEI — Two Taiwanese business executives based on the Chinese mainland were convicted and sentenced this week, after they were found guilty on charges of spying for China, a court said.

In an espionage case that has shocked military leaders, businesswoman Chou Yi-ru was sentenced to four years and businessman Chiang Fu-ming to three years on charges of treason, the High Court in central Taiwan said in a statement.

Both of them, arrested in February, are allowed to appeal, it said.

The investigation into the case found that Chou joined the Chinese espionage service six years ago and recruited Chiang and also his nephew, a Taiwanese air force captain at a radar command and control center.

The captain, also arrested in February on charges of leaking classified data to China, has been investigated separately by a military court.

The arrest of the captain has alarmed military authorities because of the sensitive position he held. Taiwan’s defense ministry declined to provide details of the espionage.


Customs officials seize half a ton ivory

BANGKOK — Thai customs officials have seized half a ton of ivory at Bangkok’s international airport, the government said this week.

The elephant tusks were discovered Friday hidden in crates aboard a flight from Kenya. Customs officials displayed the 1,000-pound haul on Tuesday.

The officials said they acted on a tip to seize the ivory, which was in six crates labeled as handicrafts. No arrests have been made. The seized ivory probably will be destroyed.

Ivory shipped to Thailand typically is used to make Buddhist carvings or jewelry. Thailand is also a transit point for other markets, including China.

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