By: By Zep Hu and Elizabeth Hsu, Central News Agency
Fuzhou, China, Aug. 26 (CNA) The head of Fujian province on Wednesday said his province would do its best to complete a project to supply water to Kinmen ahead of schedule after Taiwan requested that the timetable be moved forward.
Taiwan’s top negotiator with China, Lin Join-sane , brought up the request during a meeting with Fujian Governor Su Shulin on Wednesday. Thanking Fujian to agree to sell water to Kinmen, a Taiwan-held island group just kilometers off China’s southeastern coast that is often short of fresh water, Lin said he hoped water could be supplied before 2017 when the project is expected to be completed.
Work on the project began this year, “but the supply of water will not take place until 2017 under current plans. (I) hope the deadline can be moved ahead,” Lin said. Su replied that the Fujian side will do its utmost to complete the water supply project and begin pumping water to Kinmen as soon as possible. Apart from water, Kinmen has also asked Fujian to supply electricity and natural gas and build a bridge connecting Kinmen and China, Su said. [FULL STORY]