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Mayors of Taipei, Shanghai ink 4 cooperation MOUs

Mayors of Taipei, Shanghai ink 4 cooperation MOUs

Taipei, April 6 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin and his Shanghai counterpart, Han Zheng, signed four memorandums of understanding (MOUs) Tuesday to boost cooperation between the two cities in the fields of culture, tourism, environmental conservation and science and technology.
The two mayors inked the MOUs at a Taipei-Shanghai city forum held in Taipei.
Addressing the forum, Hau touted the forum as a "historic event" as it allowed the two leading cities on each side of the Taiwan Strait to share their development experiences and set a good example for forging closer cooperation among other cities in Taiwan and China.
Hau said that Taipei City, although much smaller than Shanghai in both land area and population, is proud of the hospitality and citizenship demonstrated by its residents, and its success in administrative management such as waste recycling, making it a "model city in terms of living in the global Chinese community." Hau said that both the 2010 World Expo, set to run May 1-Oct. 30 in Shanghai and the Taipei International Flora Exposition, to be held Nov. 6 this year through April 25, 2011, will serve as a platform for the two cities to enhance their tourism cooperation.
Han for his part touted the Shanghai Expo, saying it marks the first time that such a world event is to be held in a developing country and that it has attracted the participation of 242 countries and organizations.
Han arrived in Taipei earlier that day for a four-day visit, the culmination of 10 years of exchanges between the two cities that began in 2001 when President Ma Ying-jeou was mayor of Taiwan's capital.
Hau Lung-bin led a delegation that visited Shanghai in June 2008.
The annual forum, started in 2001 by civic groups as a channel for exchanges between the largest cities in Taiwan and China, is being organized at an official level for the first time this year.
Han's first visit to Taiwan, however drew protests from members of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party-led pan-green camp and democracy activists from Hong Kong, both upon his arrival at the Taipei Songshan Airport at the head of a 200-strong delegation and at the hotel where the forum was held.
Several DPP members who intend to run for the Taipei City Council memberships late this year had checked into rooms at the hotel a day earlier and hung a 100-meter long banner from the fifth floor to the ground floor carrying Chinese characters denouncing the Hau-Han meeting.
Police later took down the banner and told the DPP protesters to stay in their hotel rooms.
At the same time, a woman claiming to be a member of a Hong Kong alliance for victims of China also staged a protest at the entrance of the hotel, demanding that Han and Hau pay more attention to the protection of human rights in China rather than just promoting the Shanghai Expo.
She was later removed by police to a nearby park, where she continued her protest.
Meanwhile, according to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) -- which helped organize a "trade-matching meeting" between the business delegates accompanying Han on the visit and Taiwan enterprises -- contracts worth NT$1.8 billion (about US$57 million) were signed in the meeting held later that day.
Hau and Han were also scheduled to attend a concert by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall.
On Wednesday, Han is slated to visit the National Palace Museum, the Beitou Incinerator and the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit system. He will also visit Taiwan's landmark Taipei 101 building and the Eslite Xinyi flagship bookstore.
He will also visit Cheng Hsin General Hospital and make trips to Taichung City, Taipei County and Taoyuan County Thursday, before returning to Shanghai Friday.
(By Lin Shen-hsu, Lin Shu-yuan and Bear Lee)




Updated : 2021-05-15 01:16 GMT+08:00