Taipei and the Chinese city of Xian launched a cooperative effort yesterday that will see a horticultural exposition held in Xian three days after the Taipei International Flora Expo concludes in April next year.
As a result of the joint effort and through exchanges between the two cities, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said he hoped environmental protection would take root and a win-win scenario would be created.
“To join heaven and man is an important concept of the thousands-year-old history of the Chinese nation,” Hau said. “To attach great importance to the environment is to realize such a concept.”
Xian Mayor Chen Baogen (陳寶根) said the joint effort bore significant meaning in the cooperation and exchange between “Shaanxi Province and Taiwan, and Xian and Taipei.”
Despite the warm words inside, the Chinese delegation were greeted by Falun Gong practitioners on their way out of the hotel where the announcement was made.
Calling Shaanxi Vice Governor and acting Governor Zhao Zhengyong (趙正永) the “scum of human rights,” the protesters said Zhao was not welcome in Taiwan because he had ordered the killing of many Falun Gong members.
Strangely enough, the protesters were not stopped by city personnel or the Chinese delegation, but rather by the bus driver transporting the Chinese delegation.
They engaged in physical clashes when the driver tried to stop the protesters from holding a banner that read “Persecution of Falun Gong, Zhao Zhengyong, you are charged with a criminal offense.”
On Monday, Falun Gong members filed a complaint at the Taiwan High Court Prosecutors' Office and they planned to sue Chinese Administration of Religious Affairs Director Wang Zuoan (王作安) today.
The 500-member delegation, led by Zhao, is the largest and highest-ranking delegation from the northwestern Chinese province to have visited Taiwan, and is scheduled to attend various events at this year's Taiwan-Shaanxi Week, held between yesterday and Sunday.
During a meeting with Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Honorary Chairman Wu Po-hsiung (吳伯雄), Zhao said his delegation — the first Chinese group to visit Taiwan since the cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework agreement (ECFA) took effect on Sunday — will do its best to help implement the trade pact.