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Kaohsiung mayor concludes China visit

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) Several Chinese cities have stressed the importance of working with Kaohsiung and said they hope to create a win-win situation through cooperation rather than competition, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu said Wednesday. Chen made the comments as she concluded a six-day visit to China, during which she met with her counterparts in Tianjin, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Fuzhou. The purpose of the visit, her first since 2009, was to invite the Chinese mayors to the 2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit that will be held in her city Sept. 9-11. She is one of the most senior politicians from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party to visit China in recent years. On bilateral ties between Kaohsiung and the Chinese cities, Chen said cooperation would be key to the promotion of exchanges in areas such as tourism and the possible opening of cruise line transportation. In Fuzhou Wednesday, she met with the city's mayor Yang Yimin and other officials and asked for an increase in the number of direct flights between the two cities. Chen returned to Kaohsiung late Wednesday and was greeted at the airport by supporters as well as by some pro-Taiwan independence activists who accused her of kowtowing to China. (By Chen Sho-gow, Wang Shu-fen and Jay Chen)

Updated : 2021-05-12 15:52 GMT+08:00