Stronger Taiwan

Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang party approved proposed constitutional amendments to boost the powers of the president and limit the prime minister's authority, AFP reports from Taipei. The proposals recommend direct presidential elections and an end to the premier's authority to endorse presidential appointments if the nominees have parliament's consent.

Troops 'killed 32'

TAIPEI - A Taiwanese government source, quoting intelligence reports, said yesterday a group of renegade Chinese soldiers murdered 24 Taiwanese tourists and eight Chinese crewmen, who died in a mysterious boat fire in China last month. The source said soldiers of the People's Liberation Army, armed with flamethrowers, robbed and burned to death the tourists and crew of the boat on Qiandao Lake on 31 March. Reuter

Tennis: Dehydrated Maleeva quits championship

The top seed, Magdalena Maleeva, was forced to withdraw from the Australian Women's Hardcourt Championship yesterday after suffering severe dehydration in heatwave conditions. The Bulgarian, 18, had to forfeit her semi-final against Argentina's Florencia Labat. Today's final will be between Labat and Lindsay Davenport, of the United States, who beat Taipei's Shi-ting Wang 6-2, 6-4 in the other semi-final. In today's Australian Men's Hardcourt Championship final in Adelaide, the Russians Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Alexander Volkov meet.

Badminton: Clark set for mix and match

GILL CLARK, who gained second and fourth places in two events in the World Grand Prix finals at the weekend, forms two new pairs in a series of surprising partnership changes in England's squad for the Taipei Masters, Japan Open and Korean Open next month.

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Taiwan ratifies BAe venture: Deal saved after Taipei agrees pounds 300m financing

BRITISH AEROSPACE'S joint venture with Taiwan to produce regional jets was saved from collapse yesterday after the Taipei government finally ratified the deal and agreed financing terms.

BAe nearer Taiwan deal

THE FINAL hurdle to British Aerospace's pounds 250m joint venture with the Taiwan Aerospace Corporation appears to have been overcome.

BAe Taiwan plan funded

BRITISH AEROSPACE'S joint venture with Taiwan on regional jets cleared its final hurdle yesterday as the Taiwanese government and a local banking consortium agreed financing for the new business, writes Michael Harrison.

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Taiwan elects first native PM

TAIPEI (Reuter) - Taiwan's provincial governor Lien Chan was chosen as the island's first native Taiwanese prime minister yesterday, marking a shift of power in the wake of democratic reforms.

Breast boost

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Badminton: Hall homes in

DARREN HALL is aiming for revenge and a record in Norwich in the next three days. The former European champion suffered one of the biggest upsets in the history of the English National Championships when he lost for the first time to Anders Nielsen in last year's final. If he atones he will become the first man to win it six times, writes James Leigh.

Nationalists win

TAIPEI (Reuter) - Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party won the first general elections in more than four decades yesterday, with 53 per cent of the vote. The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party, which wants Taiwan to declare independence, got 31 per cent.

Taiwanese tycoon jailed for part in 13m pounds scandal

TAIPEI (AP) - A flamboyant millionaire accused of manipulating Taiwan's volatile stock market was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison yesterday.
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