Governor of central China’s Hubei province Wang Guosheng (王国生) arrived in Taipei Monday for an eight-day visit, during which he is scheduled to cement business and cultural ties between Hubei province and Taiwan.
Wang is the mainland’s third high-level local official to visit the island this year, following Beijing mayor Guo Jinlong’s trip in February and Fujian governor Su Shulin’s in March.
Wang is scheduled to attend a series of industrial cooperation and cultural activities, and meet with small and medium-sized business owners.
Upon his arrival, Wang paid visits to Lien Chan and Wu Poh-hsiung, the two honorary chairmen of the ruling Kuomintang.
During the visits, Wang gave credit to Taiwanese businesses for their contributions to the economic development of Hubei. Wang said he believed his province had been blessed with plenty of development opportunities in the mainland’s drive to stimulate domestic demand.
He expressed the hope of promoting industrial exchanges as well as people-to-people communication between people both in Hubei and Taiwan.
Hubei is now home to more than 2,200 Taiwan enterprises. In 2011, the investment from Taiwanese businesses in Hubei increased 75 percent, or nearly 1.9 billion U.S. dollars, official statistics from Hubei province show.