Tianjin deputy mayor to attend APCS in Kaohsiung
CNAKAOHSIUNG -- Tianjin City Mayor Huang Xingguo on Friday accepted the invitation of Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu, promising that one Tianjin City deputy major will attend Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) held in Kaohsiung on September 9.
August 10, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Chen told reporters that her visit this time is to invite her Chinese counterparts to attend a conference of mayors to be held in her southern port city in September, promoting Kaohsiung and soliciting investment.
The mayor will also meet Taiwanese businessmen in China, according to the city government.
Chen's last trip to China in May 2009 to promote the World Games hosted by Kaohsiung made her the highest-ranking public official from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to visit the mainland to date.
Chen said she had already informed DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang of the trip and had received his support.
During her Aug. 9-14 trip, she will also visit the cities of Shenzhen, Xiamen and Fuzhou and invite their mayors to the Asia-Pacific Cities Summit, which is scheduled for Sept. 9-11.
Going to China to extend the invitations is part of her responsibilities as mayor of the summit's host city, said Chen. She added that she will also discuss issues related to city development and exchanges with her mainland counterparts.
So far, the mayors of over 50 cities have signed up for the summit, officials said, adding that many Kaohsiung officials have visited these cities to issue invitations.
In Beijing, Chen Deming, president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, said that the Chinese government welcomes Chen Chu's visit to China.
The Chinese government has always been open to exchange activities across the Taiwan Strait, he said on the sidelines of a student event promoting cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges.