No ROC na­tion­als aboard

Taipei mayor to visit Shang­hai for city fo­rum

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) will leave for Shang­hai Mon­day for a three-day visit dur­ing which he will at­tend the Aug. 18 an­nual Taipei-Shang­hai Fo­rum.

Ko will head a del­e­ga­tion of more than 30 city of­fi­cials and coun­cilors on the trip.

In Tues­day's fo­rum, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the two cities are ex­pected to sign four mem­o­ran­dums of un­der­stand­ing on co­op­er­a­tion plans, in­clud­ing those in the fields of elec­tronic tick­et­ing tech­niques and civil ser­vice de­vel­op­ment.

The two cities will also pro­mote ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Taipei's Zhong­shan Dis­trict and Shang­hai's Minx­ing Dis­trict, as well as Taipei's Zhongzheng Dis­trict and Shang­hai's Jing'an Dis­trict, ac­cord­ing to the Taipei City gov­ern­ment.

Dur­ing a visit to Hs­inchu County and Hs­inchu City Sun­day, Ko was asked by re­porters whether the Chi­nese side seems to have set re­stric­tions on the scale of the Taipei del­e­ga­tion at­tend­ing the fo­rum.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, China has banned the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Taipei city coun­cilors who were not in­vited but who ex­pressed will­ing­ness to take part in the event at their own ex­pense.

Ko did not re­spond di­rectly, say­ing only that mu­tual trust be­tween the two sides of the Tai­wan Strait is still weak. "At present, the most im­por­tant thing is to es­tab­lish mu­tual trust," he said.

Dur­ing his stay in Shang­hai, Ko, the first in­de­pen­dent to be elected Taipei mayor since 1994, will visit his­toric ar­chi­tec­ture, in­clud­ing the Si­hang Ware­house, the site of a fierce bat­tle be­tween the Re­pub­lic of China troops and in­vad­ing Ja­panese mil­i­tary forces in 1937.

The physi­cian-turned-mayor will also visit the Shang­hai Pro­ton and Heavy Ion Hos­pi­tal, a new med­i­cal fa­cil­ity in­au­gu­rated in May, as well as the Land­seed In­ter­na­tional Hos­pi­tal, the first gen­eral hos­pi­tal in Shang­hai built us­ing Tai­wanese in­vest­ment.

This screen grab shows an In­done­sian twin-tur­bo­prop that lost con­tact with air traf­fic con­trol while car­ry­ing 54 pas­sen­gers in the eastern Pa­pua re­gion yesterday. The wreck­age was re­ported found late yesterday and ver­i­fi­ca­tion is in progress as of press time. The Taipei Eco­nomic and Trade Of­fice in Jakarta re­ported that there were no R.O.C. na­tion­als on­board.

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