TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – After Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) extended an invitation to newly elected Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kou-yu (韓國瑜) to attend the upcoming Taipei-Shanghai Forum on Dec. 20, Han has reportedly turned down the invitation.
Han made the statement Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9, several hours after the Taipei Mayor said Han would be invited, and after several Chinese officials from Shanghai had arrived in Taiwan to prepare for the upcoming Forum.
Han said that he has much more important work to do over the coming weeks screening and interviewing candidates to be appointed as cabinet officials in the Kaohsiung Municipal Government. Therefore, he will be unable to attend the forum in Taipei.
Apply Daily reports that Han expressed optimism for the future of cross-strait relations, and a hope that the Taipei-Shanghai forum would be successful.
Han also apologized to Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je for being unable to accept the invitation to attend.
Apple Daily reports that the CEO of Foxconn, Terry Gou, recently invited Han Kuo-yu to attend the 2018 Cross-Strait CEO Forum held in Zhengzhou in China’s Henan Province last week on Dec. 5.
Han Kuo-yu’s mayoral transition team in Kaohsiung declined the invitation claiming that Han’s health was poor, and that he was still recovering.