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Tainan mayor-elect mulling marketing trip to China

2018/12/09 16:16:26

Tainan Mayor-elect Huang Wei-che (黃偉哲)

Taipei, Dec. 9 (CNA) Tainan Mayor-elect Huang Wei-che (黃偉哲) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said recently that he will consider visiting China to market his city's tourism if the opportunity arises.

In the event of such a visit, Huang said, he will not seek to make any statements, stir up provocations or engage in confrontations but rather would focus on promoting tourism in the southern Taiwan city.

There is no need for China to exclude Tainan in its exchanges with Taiwan, Huang said in a recent interview with CNA that covered the slower pace of cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges since the DPP came to power in May 2016.

Huang said his city will also welcome investments by Taiwanese businesses based in China, once they do not intend to harm the environment, exploit workers or focus only on profits.

Domestically, Tainan is more than willing to collaborate with other cities and counties, regardless of their political leadership, to find ways of boosting Taiwan's economy, he said.

The DPP suffered a major defeat in the Nov. 24 local government elections and was left with only two seats in Taiwan's six special municipalities -- Tainan and Taoyuan.

In the Tainan race, Huang beat the opposition Kuomintang's Kao Su-po (高思博) by less than six percentage points.

"There are no excuses for the failure," Huang said, commenting on the DPP's crushing defeat in the local government elections.

He said the party's losses were due to the central government's lackluster handling of internal affairs and economic issues.

On his plans for Tainan, Huang said one of his priorities will include the transportation infrastructure, in particular the construction of more railway lines, and better flood control systems.

In addition, Huang said, he will seek to ensure an adequate supply of water and electricity to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which has been building plants in the Southern Taiwan Science Park for the production of 3-nanometer and 5-nm chips.

Huang also said that when he takes office later this month, he will freeze property taxes and will consider lowering them over the next three years.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and Evelyn Kao)
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