- The Washington Times - Friday, June 28, 2002

Aceh rebels kidnap Indonesian sports group
JAKARTA, Indonesia Separatist rebels have kidnapped nine athletes and officials taking part in the largest sporting event in Indonesia's Aceh province, the military said yesterday.
The nine were abducted a day earlier at Peureulak in East Aceh as they returned after taking part in the Aceh Games, said provincial military spokesman Zaenal Muttaqin, who was quoted by Antara news agency. Mr. Muttaqin blamed the Free Aceh Movement.
He quoted the driver of the vehicle carrying the athletes as saying they were intercepted by about 20 armed men. The driver was gagged with tape before the group drove away with the vehicle and the nine athletes.
Top security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said yesterday he did not rule out imposing a military state of emergency to end the long-running separatist revolt.

Taiwan academics mull China's reunification
TAIPEI, Taiwan Chinese leaders may produce a timetable by 2010 that would schedule the reunification of the mainland and Taiwan to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the People's Republic of China in 2049, an official report said yesterday.
Beijing is likely to allow Taipei greater international autonomy than it grants Hong Kong and Macau, according to an initial report by a Cabinet-level research team of Taiwan academics. But it said Beijing would continue to insist that Taipei accept the "one country, two systems" formula it uses in both ex-colonies.
Japan won possession of Taiwan after the Sino-Japanese War of 1895 and lost it 50 years later at the close of World War II. Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang (KMT) army and regime retreated to Taiwan in 1949 as it was being defeated on the mainland by Mao Tse-tung's Chinese communist armies.
Since then, the KMT has refused Beijing's reunification conditions, saying they would relegate Taipei to a local government. But the Democratic Progressive Party, which ended the KMT's 51-year rule of Taiwan in the 2000 presidential election, said it was willing to discuss the "one China" principle.


Weekly notes
German President Johannes Rau arrived in South Korea yesterday for a four-day visit. He will hold a summit meeting today with South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and watch a World Cup third-place playoff tomorrow between South Korea and Turkey in the southern city of Taegu. Struggling against debts and the high cost of inviting Shakespeare troupes from overseas, Tokyo's Globe Theater a replica of its namesake in London will close at the end of July, a theater official announced yesterday. Its last performance will be Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice."
From wire dispatches and staff reports

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