No ROC nationals aboard
Taipei mayor to visit Shanghai for city forum
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.
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