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Taipei mayor meets Hong Kong chief executive
Central News Agency
2014-06-12 09:55 PM
Hong Kong, June 12 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin on Thursday met Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, and the two exchanged views on city development, the Office of the Chief Executive said. Leung and Hau met for "a broad and in-depth discussion on issues of mutual concern, including the development and management of the two cities," the Office said in a statement. Leung said Hong Kong and Taiwan enjoy a good bilateral trade relationship and praised Taipei for its "remarkable achievements" in various areas, according to the statement. He said he hopes the two sides would continue to strengthen their exchanges and cooperation on economic and trade issues, tourism, environmental protection and creative industries, the statement said. Hau arrived in Hong Kong on June 10 to promote Taiwan tourism at the 28th ITE (Int'l Travel Expo) Hong Kong, which runs from June 12-15. He was scheduled to return to Taiwan late Thursday. The number of Hong Kong visitors to Taiwan have significantly increased over the past few years. In 2008, around 580,000 Hong Kong residents traveled to Taiwan, but the figure doubled to 1.18 million in 2013, official figures show. Taiwan is the third largest delegation at the Hong Kong fair this year, only after China and Japan. (By Stanley Cheung and Christie Chen)
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