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Explosion at Taiwan-invested factory in China leaves 65 dead
Central News Agency
2014-08-02 05:15 PM
Taipei, Aug. 2 (CNA) An explosion ripped through a Taiwan-invested factory in eastern China Saturday morning, leaving 65 dead and over 100 injured, according to initial reports. No Taiwanese nationals were reported dead in the explosion in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, and the cause of the incident is still under investigation, according to Chinese media. The Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), Taiwan's semi-official body for handling cross-strait exchanges, extended condolences later in the day. SEF Spokesman Ma Shaw-chang said the foundation will do everything it can to help Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Ltd., located in Jiangsu Province near Shanghai. He said that Wu Chi-tao, chairman of the company, was "very upset" about the incident but has not asked for assistance from Taiwan at the moment. The foundation said it has called its Chinese counterpart, the Association of Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), to express sympathy. Ma said ARATS, the Kunshan municipal government and China's Taiwan Affairs Office have also pledged to help with the recovery. (By Chou Yi-ling and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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