Greater Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday said that he would be willing to visit China to promote bilateral exchanges if there were direct flights between Greater Tainan and Chinese cities.
The DPP has been optimistic about and open to exchanges between Taiwan and China, Lai told a news conference one day after returning from a four-day visit to Hong Kong.
If direct flights were launched from Greater Tainan, Lai said he would visit China at an opportune time.
The mayor left Greater Tainan on Thursday last week on the first direct flight between the city and Hong Kong. He and his delegation of local officials and business representatives spent their time in the territory promoting Tainan’s agricultural products, food, culture and medical tourism.
The launch of direct air services to Hong Kong will help bring Greater Tainan closer to the international community, Lai said.
He said the city government would continue to communicate with Hong Kong in an effort to establish more regular channels for selling Tainan’s agricultural products.
The city government will also set up a task force to facilitate Hong Kong-based Taiwanese businessmen who are interested in shifting their investment to Greater Tainan, he said.
Greater Tainan boasts many historic sites and is famed for its fried shrimp rolls and danzai noodles.