Merger of Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung an inevitability: Hau
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A Taipei-New Taipei-Keelung merger is inevitable, but there is currently no timetable for it, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said yesterday.
January 25, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
In response to reporters' questions, Hau said that the Greater Taipei metropolitan area will include not only Taipei and New Taipei, but also Keelung in the future, adding that a merger among the three is a definite long-term trend.
A merger among the three cities would be the inevitable outcome of close cooperation, said Hau, adding, however, that the merger should be bottom-up.
The three will merge once the timing is right, and that is one of the reasons why there isn't a timetable at present, Hau said.
There are currently several cooperation projects among the three cities, the mayor said, adding that he works closely with New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu for the benefit of residents from both cities.
Due to the interdependency between Taipei and New Taipei, the two city governments signed the Greater Taipei Golden Twin Cities Plan agreement in 2011. The two governments host meetings every year to discuss cooperative development.
Hau explained that there isn't a question regarding who is actually in charge, because it is ultimately a collaborative effort.