Hong Kong And Taiwan To Expand Cooperation

September 17, 2015

NewsStandOnline.Net (17-September-2015): Two organizations responsible for facilitating economic and cultural cooperation between Taiwan and Hong Kong agreed during their annual meeting in Hong Kong today to work together in five new areas.

The Taiwan-Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Cooperation Council and its Hong Kong counterpart, the Hong Kong-Taiwan Economic and Cultural Cooperation and Promotion Council, made progress over the past year in the areas of trade, tourism, culture, and skill certification but there is still room for further cooperation, said the Taiwan council’s chairman Lin Tzu-chia at press briefing after the meeting.

Hong Kong And Taiwan To Expand Cooperation Into New Areas

His Hong Kong counterpart Charles Lee Yeh-kwong said that during the meeting the two sides reviewed the results of their cooperation over the past year and agreed to include intellectual property rights, wetland conservation, urban renewal, water conservation, and species management under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

Other potential areas mentioned by Lin for future bilateral cooperation were food, customs and law enforcement personnel exchanges.

Asked about the possible effects of Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election on the cooperative efforts, he said the work of the two organizations would continue even if there is a change of government.

“The progress of cooperation and the signing of agreements will not be affected by the election, regardless of the outcome,” Lin said.

Lee supported that view, saying that the two councils are responsible for promoting bilateral economic and cultural cooperation on various levels that are unrelated to politics.

The annual meeting is usually hosted by each side on a rotational basis.