Beijing mayor to arrive for cultural-exchange event


TAIPEI — Beijing Mayor Guo Jinlong is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan on Feb. 16 for a visit to promote cultural exchanges between the two sides, a government source said Saturday.

The Chinese mayor will take part in Beijing Week in Taipei, which will feature a lineup of performances by folk art groups from China.

The cultural event, which will run from mid-February to early-March, has been held annually for seven years by the two sides.

Guo will also meet with Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin, Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Chiang Pin-kung, Wu Po-hsiung and Lien Chan, the source said. Both of Wu and Lien serve as honorary chairman of the Kuomintang.

Guo will be accompanied by a delegation of more than 20 high ranking Beijing officials and 100 other people, the source said.

Guo’s visit will not involve any government-level commercial activities but he is scheduled to pay calls on the Taiwan office of Beijing Enterprises Holdings Limited and several other business groups such as Chinatrust Capital Corporation, Shin Kong Group and VIA Technologies, which have branches in Beijing, the source said.