Macau, HK offices open soon
Taiwan’s offices in Macau and Hong Kong will begin operations next month and in March respectively, the Mainland Affairs Council said yesterday. This follows the opening of the Macau Economic and Cultural Office and the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei on Dec. 2 and Dec. 19, respectively. The quasi-official representative offices will facilitate economic, cultural, educational, tourism and medical exchanges between Taiwan and the two Chinese territories, the council said. They will also provide overseas emergency assistance to Hong Kong and Macau residents in Taiwan and help Taiwanese with affairs related to travel to the two regions, the council said. John Leung (梁志仁) will assume the post as the new director of the Hong Kong office, while Nadia Leong (梁潔芝), secretary-general of Macau’s Tourism Development Committee, will head the Macau office.
Taiwanese pavilion opens
A pavilion dedicated to the sales of Taiwanese fruits, vegetables and marine products in a popular Shanghai shopping mall began operating yesterday, the Council of Agriculture said. Nearly 300 agricultural products are being sold on the ground floor of the Sun Moon Light Central Square, said Chang Shu-hsien (張淑賢), director-general of the council’s Department of International Affairs. The pavilion is operated by Greater Tainan-based Uni-President Dream Parks Corp under the council’s guidance, Chang said. As the mall is near the popular tourist attraction of Tianzifang, a block of alleyways that retains the look of old Shanghai, it is a good venue to showcase Taiwan’s high-quality fresh produce to as many people as possible, Chang said.