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100 cities to participate in 2013 Kaohsiung summit

KAOHSIUNG--Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu said yesterday that the southern port city plans to invite mayors or representatives of 100 cities in the Asia-Pacific region to attend the 2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS).

In addition to mayors and city representatives, about 1,000 other government officials, scholars and experts in their fields are set to gather in the city to share their experiences, Chen announced at a press conference that was also attended by the mayor of the Australian City of Brisbane, Graham Quirk.

Chen noted that competition among cities is becoming more intense and said the competitiveness could be enhanced through learning from the experiences of other cities in the region.

Kaohsiung is willing to share with the world its experience of transforming from an industrial city into an international metropolis, Chen said. She also expressed the hope that the experiences of other cities can help further diversify Kaohsiung's development.

Quirk for his part noted that he was making his fifth visit to Kaohsiung. Having seen the city's success in hosting the 2009 World Games, he expressed confidence in its ability to host the APCS, which will be held Sept. 9-11 next year.

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