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102 foreign reporters to attend Ma's inauguration

2012/05/18 19:03:03

Taipei, May 18 (CNA) A total of 102 foreign reporters will cover President Ma Ying-jeou's inaugural ceremony on May 20, according to the Government Information Office (GIO).

Forty reporters from 22 countries -- including from the United States, Canada, Germany, South Korea, New Zealand, Indonesia, Nicaragua, India and Belgium -- will be flying to Taiwan for the event.

Among them will be reporters from newspapers such as The Oklahoman (USA), The Vancouver Sun (Canada), and The Dominion Post (New Zealand).

The remaining 62 reporters are based in Taiwan and work for foreign news organizations, such as AP, Voice of America, the BBC, The Daily Yomiuri, the Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore), and The Straits Times.

Besides covering the ceremony, the reporters will also visit some government agencies to gain a better understanding of Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization and cross-strait economic conditions, the GIO said.

The group will make stops at the Department of Health, Councilfor Economic Planning and Development, and Mainland Affairs Council,the office said.

The reporters will also visit Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co's green buildings, Longshan Temple, the National Palace Museum, Sun Moon Lake and other tourist sites to learn more about Taiwan's industrial sector, traditions and cultural development.

(By Hsieh Chiachen and C.J. Lin)