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Shanghai mayor absent from Taipei mayor's farewell party

Shanghai, Aug. 18 (CNA) Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong was not anywhere to be seen at a dinner party Tuesday given by visiting Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je to thank the Shanghai leadership for hosting this year's forum between the two cities.
Taipei City government spokesman Sydney Lin said the party's guests are Taiwanese VIPs who have participated in the Shanghai- Taipei Forum over the past two days and officials from Shanghai City, and Shanghai's Deputy Mayor Weng Tiehui was the city's representative.
Lin spoke of the difference between his city's farewell party and the host city's welcoming party a day earlier that was hosted by Mayor Yang, with Ko as the top guest. Ko attended, wearing black sports shoes.
"Last night's party was formal, mainly with officials as guests, and no media workers were allowed in. Taipei City government's party was held in the form of reception and out-door dinner, open to private-sector and media representatives," Lin added.
Ko cheered his team and his Shanghai hosts for having staged a "completely successful forum," setting a good example by breaking into four panel discussions to deal with various issues facing the two "diversified" "immigrant" cities.
Weng agreed, saying that panel discussions were indeed an innovation that has served as a platform for the professionals and private- sector leaders to seek opportunities for cooperation.
She also pointed to another achievement at the forum -- that both cities have agreed to honor each other's electronic stored value cards so citizens of the two cities can carry their own cards and pay for traffic and small-amount shopping when touring the other city.
"This new convenience, once implemented, will expand the width and space of exchanges between our two cities," Weng said.
Though the latest round of the two-city forum was not finalized until Aug. 8, officials of the two cities managed to sign four memoranda of understanding, including mutual acceptance of the each other's electronic IC cards.
Since 2010, Taipei and Shanghai have been taking turns to host the annual city forum, which has become the most important platform for the two cities to forge closer cooperation and boost exchanges. Over the past years, Taipei and Shanghai have signed 19 cooperation agreements. (By Kao Cho-fen, Ku Chuan and S.C. Chang)

Updated : 2021-09-20 15:38 GMT+08:00