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Taiwan, China should cooperate, not counteract: Tainan mayor
Central News Agency
2014-06-06 10:47 PM
Shanghai, June 6 (CNA) Taiwan and China should favor cooperation rather than confrontation and should organize more exchanges instead of blocking each other, Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te said during his first visit to China on Friday. This principle should apply to all fields, including sports, economics and trade, Lai said during a break at the opening ceremony of an art exhibition in Shanghai featuring a Taiwanese painter. Lai, one of the most popular politicians of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said he will use the trip to promote Tainan's cultural heritage and demonstrate the DPP's ability to confidently engage with China. Emphasizing the importance of exchanges on both sides, Lai said he believes his party will not oppose the visit to Taiwan of Zhang Zhijun, head of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office. Asked his opinion of the free economic zones being launched in Taiwan compared to the one in Shanghai, Lai said neither he nor Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu of the DPP will oppose the zones as long as they are good for Taiwan and for local cities' development. Many elements of the legislation covering the project, however, are vague and still need discussion, he said. Lai also praised Shanghai's vitality, saying that he has seen many places under construction. Lai presided over the opening ceremony of an exhibition of paintings by late Taiwanese artist Chen Cheng-po (1895-1947) at the China Art Museum in Shanghai. He will also visit Fudan University and host an event promoting Tainan's medical tourism, before returning to Taiwan on Saturday, according to the city government. (By Eva Feng and James Lee)
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