Taipei, Aug. 24 (CNA) New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) said Wednesday that he will strive to promote city-to-city exchanges across the Taiwan Strait because such exchanges will help boost development on both sides.
Chu made the comment after hosting a luncheon in honor of Sha Hailin (沙海林), director of the Chinese Communist Party's Shanghai Municipal Committee United Front Work Department, who was visiting Taiwan at the head of the Shanghai delegation to this year's Taipei-Shanghai Forum.
During the luncheon, Chu said, he exchanged views with Sha on a wide range of topics, including senior nursing homes, the environment and low birth rates.
Chu said he also expressed the hope that Taiwanese residents in China will not be affected by any changes in the political atmosphere across the strait, and he urged China to lower the barriers to investment by Taiwanese businesses.
The mayor said he will continue to strengthen business, cultural and educational exchanges between his city and cities in China, such as Shanghai, building on the peaceful development of cross-strait ties over the past eight years.
There is ample room for exchanges and cooperation between New Taipei and Shanghai, he said.
Earlier Wednesday, Sha and his delegation visited several facilities in New Taipei, including a senior nursing home in Sanzhi District where he signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of long-term care with the city government.
They also visited an incineration plant in Bali to observe the city's efforts in garbage disposal, pollution reduction and environmental protection.
Sha said Shanghai wants to carry out exchanges with New Taipei in the areas of city and land planning, investment, and governance and management. Sha and his delegation returned to China later in the day.