The following posting on a usenet message board led Scoop to seek out an automatic translation of the news item in question. However as can be seen below, the translation falls way short of clearing up this matter.
Scoop would be delighted if a Chinese reader could provide a better translation of the page in question and clear up this mystery. (UPDATE: Thanks are due to a Scoop reader! An infinitely better translation than that below can now be read at... "Translation: Taiwan Report On Bali Attack Warning" )
ORIGINAL POSTING FOLLOWS:
According to Taiwan Gov official, they were tipped off on Friday by USA.
Taiwan cabinet met on Friday evening to discuss the matter.
Taiwan at that time had about 1000 tourists in Bali.
http://www.ettoday.com/2002/10/14/91-1363095.htm Automatically Translated Via WORLDLINGO.COM
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matter what 2002/10/14 11:12
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