- The Washington Times - Friday, September 7, 2001

Key Taiwanese aide plans U.S. trip
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan's top China policy-maker will visit the United States next week to introduce the island's latest strategies in dealing with rival Beijing, press and officials said here yesterday.
Tsai Ing-wen, chairman of the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), will leave Tuesday for a one-week visit in Los Angeles, New York and Washington to exchange views with academics and think tanks, a MAC official told reporters.
The MAC formulates Taiwan's mainland policy.
Taiwanese press accounts said Mr. Tsai would brief American academics and government officials on Taiwan's plans to open direct transportation links with the mainland and ease restrictions on China-bound investment.

Tiananmen discussions shut Internet board
BEIJING — One of China's hottest college Internet bulletin boards has been shut down after students posted articles about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, officials and students said this week.
The closure of the bulletin board at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in the central city of Wuhan triggered an angry response from its tens of thousands of college-age users.
Monitors at the State Council, China's Cabinet, ordered the instant closure of Baiyun Huanghe bulletin board (bbs.whnet.edu.cn) last week, a Hubei province communications official said Wednesday. "Everybody knows universities aren't quiet places, but it's still too sensitive for students to talk about this on the Web," the official said.

Five Asian countries join AIDS campaign
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Five Southeast Asian countries have signed a memorandum of understanding to fight the spread of AIDS across the region, with a focus on highly mobile people.
Representatives from Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam signed the agreement on Wednesday as Phnom Penh claimed some gains in fighting the deadly disease.
Tea Phalla, secretary-general of Cambodia's National AIDS Authority, said the number of HIV-affected people in Cambodia had dropped by 2.8 percent to 169,000 cases in 2000.
He said the memorandum would allow nongovernmental organizations and governments to work more closely in counseling and promoting safe sex among Southeast Asia's highly mobile work force.

Weekly notes …
Singapore must step up the pace of economic restructuring amid intensifying competition from countries like China, Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told a labor group this week. "Each time we complete one round of restructuring, we have immediately to reassess the environment, and start upgrading our industries and workers again," he said. … Japan's Princess Sayako will visit Uruguay this month to celebrate 80 years of official diplomatic ties between that country and hers. The 32-year-old princess, eldest daughter of Emperor Akihito, will arrive in the Uruguayan capital Sept. 23 for four days of face-to-face diplomacy. … Burma's powerful Gen. Than Shwe will visit Malaysia Sept. 25-27 to discuss domestic political developments and reinforce bilateral ties at the invitation of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed, who visited Rangoon in January.


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