U.S. helping Taipei with counter-terrorism preparedness: mayor

Taipei–Taipei City government has gathered intelligence necessary for counter-terrorism preparedness with the assistance of the United States, ensuring the highest possible level of security during the 2017 Universiade slated for Aug. 19-30 in the city, Mayor Ko Wen-je said on Saturday.

Despite lacking access to INTERPOL databases, Taiwan has obtained intelligence from the United States, which has the most comprehensive information available, Ko said.

Meanwhile, as part of general security measures for the Universiade, Taiwan’s Coast Guard conducted a large scale sweep of areas known to be favored by smugglers on offshore islands from late Friday to early Saturday.

Cheng Wen-hao, deputy chief of the Coast Guard’s 7th Offshore Flotilla, said the operations were aimed at preventing criminals from smuggling guns, drugs or explosives into Taiwan.

The 2017 Universiade will be the largest-ever multi-sport event hosted in Taiwan, bringing together 11,397 representatives from 131 countries, including 7,639 athletes, according to the Sports Administration.

Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council