Terry Gou (郭台銘, center)
Taipei, March 12 (CNA) Taiwanese business tycoon Terry Gou (郭台銘) revealed on Sunday that he hopes one day the two sides of the Taiwan Strait will jointly establish a special zone for medical care and treatment on Kinmen, a Taiwan-controlled island group off southern China.
Once a battlefield, he outlined his hopes for a peaceful future on Kinmen, at a press conference held by the Yonglin Healthcare Foundation at Yonglin Biomedical Engineering Hall in Taipei.
Kinmen "should have a new start as the frontline in the battle against aging, illness and death," Gou said, while announcing the foundation's establishment of a global alliance to combat breast cancer.
"If this can be achieved in Kinmen, it will begin with health and the promotion of cross-Taiwan Strait peace," said the founder and chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (鴻海), the world's largest contract electronics maker, which is known as Foxconn in China.
At the press conference, Gou said the progress of technology development has outstripped that of breast cancer, ensuring there are now many tools for the treatment and prevention of cancer.
However, some tools cannot be brought to Taiwan because of restrictions imposed by existing laws and regulations, Gou said, revealing that he has encountered difficulties in his efforts to introduce to Taiwan state-of-the-art equipment to test for breast cancer from Japan.
If such equipment could be imported, it would begin saving the lives of Taiwanese women from next year, Gou said.
(By Han Ting-ting and Elizabeth Hsu)