Fri, Dec 26, 2008 - Page 4 News List

Nanjing city trees coming next year

Staff Writer, with CNA

Seedlings of the official city tree in Nanjing, China, cedrus deodara, are expected to be planted in Taipei County sometime next year, a county government source said yesterday.

Paperwork pertaining to quarantine and exports of the seedlings is currently in the pipeline in Nanjing City for the shipment of thousands of seedlings of the conifer, as well as other trees, to Taipei County — the largest and most populous administrative district in Taiwan — said Chen Yuan-chuan (陳淵泉), a division chief at the Taipei County Bureau of Agriculture.

A total of 1,000 seedlings of cedrus deodara, 3,000 willow seedlings and 100 plum seedlings that the Nanjing city government promised to Taipei County are expected to be delivered once Nanjing city officials complete the quarantine paperwork and the Council of Agriculture approves the imports, Chen said.

Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) visited Nanjing in July to promote two-way tourism and cultural exchanges. During Chou’s visit he signed a memorandum of understanding with Nanjing Mayor Jiang Hongkun (蔣宏坤) and the city’s Communist Party leader Zhu Shanlu (朱善璐) aimed at enhancing bilateral exchanges and cooperation.

A botanist and a Nanjing city government official visited Taiwan recently to probe the feasibility of the donation and gain a better understanding of the suitability of Taipei County for growing the seedlings, Chen said.

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