Taipei will learn from Netherlands, not Singapore: mayor
Taipei. Oct. 13 ( CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said Thursday that he considers the Netherlands to be an excellent model for Taipei to learn from and plans to visit the country next year.
Shortly after winning the mayoral election in November 2014, Ko said Taipei would overtake Singapore within eight years, but changed his mind after six months in office.
His change of heart came about after realizing that former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had led Taiwan along a "democratic path," that meant it could never be like Singapore, according to the Taipei mayor.
Ko now believes the Netherlands is the best country for Taipei to learn from. In addition, bilateral relations date back 400 years when the Dutch occupied Taiwan (1624-1662).
Ko said that Taipei should choose one city to learn from. In Asia, it will be Osaka, Japan and in Europe, Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
The mayor made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the Taipei-Netherlands City Innovation Exhibition.
The event was sponsored by the Netherlands Trade and Investment Office, as well as local cities and counties in Taiwan.
The exhibition, which will run until Oct. 16 in Taipei, will then tour Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung and end in Taitung on Oct. 28.
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