TAIPEI (The China Post) – New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi urged the Council of Agriculture (COA) on Jan. 3 to cooperate with China in the fight against the spread of the African swine fever (ASF) in Taiwan. The mayor made the friendly call earlier that day after authorities confirmed that the dead hog discovered at the end of last year on a beach in Kinmen was infected.


Hou expressed confidence in the measures China already adopted to stop the spread of the virus. He also expressed hopes that China would strengthen its export quarantine procedures and urged authorities to control Taiwan borders with effective measures.


In addition, Hou said that Taiwan should enhance communications with mainland China to better guard against ASF and set up stricter rules for immigration procedures. “We should work side by side regardless of our differences like we once fought against crimes together,” said Hou.


Hou recalled how he would call relevant Public Security Units when he worked as the commissioner of Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) to seek specific information on certain criminals. Chinese authorities would provide the information and even send such individual back in Taiwan when arrested…


The interests at stake are not politics but people’s livelihood, he said. Hou urged the COA to build a better relationship with its Chinese counterpart and prevent the situation to further worsen. The concerns are not only about China or Taiwan. He expressed hopes that everyone would put their differences aside and just work for the citizens.


Hou also remarked the Port of Taipei is governed by the central government and local authorities will cooperate accordingly. Therefore, he mentioned the significance of the port during the Cabinet meeting and he already started coping with the disease on his first day at the office by visiting a pig’s farm, looking into the heating of pigswill, and enforcing sterilization at the meat markets.


Translated By Nora Chang | 記者陳志仁 / 新北報導