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Houston mayor visits Taipei

Houston mayor visits Taipei

Taipei, July 17 (CNA) Houston Mayor Annise Parker visited Taipei Friday and presented a Houston Rockets basketball signed by Jeremy Lin to Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???). Many Taipei officials attended a welcome party in Houston when Taipei-based EVA Airways launched a direct flight between the two cities in June, but Parker was not able to attend so she arranged this visit to show her support for the route, said Lin Chung-chieh (???), head of Taipei's Economic Development Department. Parker, who became mayor of the city in 2010, had visited Taipei before, as the two cities have been sister cities since the 1960s. After receiving the gift, Ko said he wanted to "hire a guard to protect this ball." Lin, the first NBA player of Taiwanese descent, announced earlier this month that he will join the Charlotte Hornets in the upcoming season. He played for the Rockets from 2012 to 2014. (By Yu Kai-hsiang and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-24 07:25 GMT+08:00