Tsai heightens ASF alert, demands transparency from China

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/01/04
By: Sophia Yeh and Elizabeth Hsu

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, left) and Kinmen County Magistrate Yang Cheng-wu (楊鎮浯, second left)

Taipei, Jan. 4 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) warned people in Taiwan on Friday to be prepared for a long battle against African swine fever (ASF) and called on China be more transparent with information on ASF outbreaks there.

Tsai flew to offshore Kinmen County earlier in the day to check on quarantine measures in place after a dead hog found washed up on a county beach Monday tested positive for the ASF virus.

Quarantine work should performed “as if confronted by a formidable enemy,” Tsai said in Kinmen.

Kinmen’s two main islands are located within 10 kilometers of China’s coast but nearly 200 km from Taiwan, and garbage from Xiamen often washes up on their shores. The case of the dead pig raised alarms because Taiwan is trying to keep the lethal ASF out of the country.    [FULL  STORY]

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