Taipei Times: ‘Greater Taipei’ proposal finds a favorable response

New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) and Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang (林右昌) yesterday responded positively to the idea of combining Taipei, New Taipei City and Keelung into one administrative entity, which was broached by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) earlier this week.

Ko on Wednesday said that the concept of the six special municipalities — Taipei, New Taipei City, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung — was “absurd” and a failure in terms of national planning.

Asked for comment, Hou said that all globally competitive metropolises have a population of at least 10 million.

A “Greater Taipei” region — Taipei, New Taipei City and Keelung — could work, as they are adjacent to each other, he said.

“I am actually very optimistic about integration,” Hou said, adding that the three cities would be better off together than separate.

However, Hou declined to comment on Ko viewing him as his “greatest threat to a presidential bid in 2024,” saying that both mayors should seek to create prosperity in their cities.

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