Red Brick Daily

In June, Kaohsiung invited five Chinese cities to an international forum to be hosted here starting Tuesday, September 6, 2016 … and the five finally responded on Monday.

Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Fuzhou and Tianjin each declined to attend the three-day “Global Harbor Cities Forum.”

Disappointed Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) said city-to-city exchanges between Taiwan and China would have been helpful in developing cross-strait relations.

But, Mayor Chen said Kaohsiung remains open to communication and exchanges with China, noting that as mayor of Taiwan’s second largest city, she has visited China twice — in 2009 and 2013.

Positive development of cross-strait ties can only be achieved through exchanges and interaction, Chen said.

Some 44 cities in 24 countries have confirmed their attendance at the forum, which will cover issues such as industrial transformation, marine tourism and sustainable development, according to Kaohsiung officials.

Is Kaohsiung being snubbed?

After all, Shanghai representatives participated in a twin city forum in Taipei last month.

Does the south need to be more flexible in its dealings with China and more welcoming to Chinese visitors? (we shouldn’t forget that Chinese people are not the Chinese government)

Or are we fine going at it without our large neighbor?

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