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Taiwan Reconsiders Casino Plan

29 June 2005

TAIWAN – As reported by the Taiwan News: "Taiwan may reconsider an offshore casino plan as a way to boost the local economy and attract tourists to the Penghu islands, according to the vice president, who joined supporters promoting the development of gambling on offshore locations, away from populated communities.

"Vice President Annette Lu said that people must change their ideas about the gaming industry as contemporary gambling casinos are high-tech and can become intellectually stimulating entertainment centers.

"…She said that Palau attracts more than 90,000 visitors a year, and Taiwan has plenty of natural resources to become a top tourist destination; to this end places like Penghu and Green Island can be further developed.

"Lu endorsed plans to attract new investment to Penghu, noting the offshore islands in the Formosa Strait constitute a very beautiful environment.

"…However, the vice president did reveal that she opposes casinos in principle, but some Penghu people have expressed support for a gambling emporium to improve the local economy.

"Therefore, if it is set up, the gambling den should be on sparsely populated offshore islands, away from the main population and minimize the effects of social morals…"

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