Taiwan seeks crime-fighting MOU with the US: official
CNANEW YORK -- Taiwan is hoping to sign a memorandum of understanding with the United States on border safety and crime fighting, Hsieh Li-kung, head of the National Immigration Agency said during a recent transit stop in New York.
September 1, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Ties between Taiwan and U.S. ties have been strengthening in recent years, although they do not have diplomatic links, Hsieh said Aug. 29.
Against this background, Taiwan is seeking to boost bilateral cooperation in several fields, he said after a visit to the New York Police Department (NYPD) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
In particular, the two countries can work together to improve border safety and fight crime, he said, suggesting that an MOU could be signed to allow such cooperation.
Taiwan has signed similar pacts with Mongolia, Indonesia, The Gambia and Paraguay, he added.
Noting that the NYPD has a comprehensive facial recognition system and a real time crime center, he said such facilities are efficient in preventing and reducing overseas threats.
The NIA is building a biometric system for the identification of foreign nationals, Hsieh said, adding that he hopes to see cooperation and exchanges in this area between Taiwan and the U.S.
Hsieh was on a stopover in New York on his way home from Brazil and Paraguay where he attended meetings on issues concerning the prevention of human trafficking.