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City Mayor to sign deals in Taipei

Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng landed in Taipei this morning to kick off a four-day visit and seek further cooperation between Shanghai and Taiwan.

With him are some 70 Shanghai top company managers planning to complete contracts in various fields of business during Han's visit to the island.

Han is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at a Shanghai-Taipei city forum this afternoon in Taipei. After that, he is due to talk with nearly 1,000 students invited from different middle schools across the island.

He plans to introduce the upcoming 2010 World Expo Shanghai to the students and invite them to visit the city to experience the world fair.

The Shanghai government delegation is scheduled to sign two agreements this afternoon with Taiwan authorities. They include a new economic and trade cooperation project and a Shanghai-Taipei memorandum of cooperation in the fields of culture, tourism, high-tech park zone development as well as in environmental protection.

The local government said the mayor's trip would involve everyday activities to better experience the island life. For example, the mayor plans to visit an outlet of Eslite Bookstore, one of the island's biggest and most popular chains.

Also on his schedule is a visit to the famous Taipei night market, which offers a wide collection of original Taiwanese delicacies, as well as riding subways.

"As invited by Mayor Hau, I have come to promote the Shanghai-Taipei partnership on behalf of the 20 million Shanghai people," Han told reporters this morning after landing. "We expect more Taiwan people to come to Expo Shanghai."


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