Mon, Nov 15, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Kinmen head would welcome Singapore's Lee


Singapore's Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew (李光耀) is welcome to visit Taiwan's frontline island of Kinmen again, Kinmen County Commissioner Lee Chu-feng (李炷烽) said yesterday.

Lee Chu-feng extended his invitation to the influential former Singaporean prime minister while meeting with Ker Sin Tze (柯新治), Singapore's resident representative to Taiwan, who was on a two-day visit to Kinmen.

Lee Chu-feng recalled that Lee Kuan Yew made a visit to Kinmen on Feb. 28, 1981 in the company of then President Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) .

"We welcome him to visit Kinmen again," Lee Chu-feng said, adding that Lee Kuan Yew may be able to travel to Xiamen in China's Fujian Province from Kinmen via the direct "mini three links" shipping route.

Singapore has some 100,000 residents of Kinmen origin, Ker said, adding that many of them have outstanding career achievements.

Lee Chu-feng told Ker that Chinese authorities have agreed to allow Fujian residents to make sightseeing trips to Kinmen via direct voyage before the end of this year.

The move will help boost Kinmen's tourist and economic development, Lee Chu-feng said.

Ker also toured major tourist attractions and war relics in Kinmen, which lies closer to China's Fujian than it does to Taiwan.

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