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Exchange invitations from China reach fever pitch: Taipei official

Exchange invitations from China reach fever pitch: Taipei official

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) China's invitations for cultural exchanges with Taipei have reached fever pitch, the city's deputy mayor said Wednesday.
"China's demand for cultural exchanges with us far outpaces what we can provide, " said Lee Yong-ping, who concurrently heads the city's Department of Cultural Affairs. "If I were to accept every invitation from various Chinese cities, I would have to spend a whole year in China," she added.
Lee attributed the phenomenon mainly to the fact that Taiwan still has advantages over China in the cultural field.
"When people my age in Taiwan were reading freely and extensively, pursuing self-cultivation, China was engulfed in the disaster of the Cultural Revolution, " she said in an interview with the Central News Agency, pointing out that during the 1960s and 1970s, China was closed to the world.
Even though China's present leadership is working hard to mend the scars of that dark period in history, China still lags behind Taiwan to some extent as far as cultural development is concerned, Lee said. "As a consequence, China is very interested in embarking on cultural exchanges with Taiwan, and many Chinese groups have visited Taipei for that purpose," Lee went on.
In the face of the floods of invitations from China, Lee continued, the Taipei city government's limited resources for such activities means it has to be selective about which ones it accepts.
"Taipei has limited space and its population is only one-tenth that of Shanghai, so we must therefore be choosy in terms of the manpower and resources we can commit," Lee said.
During President Ma Ying-jeou's tenure as mayor of Taipei, Lee said, the city laid a solid foundation for cultural exchanges with Beijing, while at present, she noted, the city government under the leadership of Mayor Hau Lung-bin is focusing on exchanges with Shanghai.
After the Shanghai World Expo concludes at the end of October next year, Lee said, the city government will then turn its attention to major southern Chinese cities such as Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
(By Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2021-05-07 04:02 GMT+08:00