TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Wednesday evening, Dec. 19, a Taipei City government delegation headed by Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) held a welcome dinner for a delegation from China for the Taipei-Shanghai Forum.
During the event at the Grand Hotel Taipei, Mayor Ko addressed the 130 member Shanghai delegation headed by the Executive Vice Mayor of Shanghai, Zhou Bo (周波). In his speech, Ko said the two sides should uphold the spirit of a “cross-strait family” and seek to develop stable and peaceful relations.
Ko also observed that, with over 130 members coming from Shanghai, and 250 in the Taipei City delegation, this year marked the largest number of participants at the Forum.
He also said that the Forum was a grand occasion and a testament to the possibilities for cross-strait cooperation, expressing gratitude that this year’s forum could be organized in such a short time. Ko announced the Dec. 20 Taipei-Shanghai Forum on Nov. 26, two days after winning re-election in the nine-in-one elections.
Thursday’s forum will be the eighth Taipei-Shanghai Forum to be held. Over the course of the eight previous forums, the two cities have signed 30 memorandums expressing cooperation and mutual interests, reports CNA.
Ko was quoted by CNA as saying “Despite the shifting political situation around the Taiwan Strait, the Taipei-Shanghai Forum continues to be held. The key has been to understand one another, and to understand the difficulties each side faces.”
“I believe as long as there are more goodwill exchanges, many problems can be solved or avoided,” said Ko.
CNA reports that Ko emphasized his belief that the Taipei-Shanghai Forum should serve as a model for future cross-strait exchanges, which would contribute to the continued peaceful development of both China and Taiwan.