|[October 25, 2013]
Asia-Pacific Cities Summit: Asian City Leaders to Tackle Urban Challenges at Summit
TAIPEI, Taiwan --(Business Wire)--
The Asia-Pacific Cities Summit opened in the southern port city of
Kaohsiung, in which mayors from around the region and other guests
shared their thoughts on city management and solutions to various urban
About 1,000 participants from 104 cities attended the summit, including
top officials from five Chinese cities- Fuzhou Mayor Yang Yimin, Rizhao
Mayor Li Tongdao, Shenzhen Mayor Xu Qin, Tianjin Deputy Mayor Yin Hailin
and Xiamen Deputy Mayor Kang Tao.
The summit opened with videos showing Kaohsiung as a port city, its
cityscape and natural scenery, followed by tunes of Taiwanese indigenous
people and speeches by heads of host cities from this and past years
that set out the goal of the event.
"Humans create cities, ad with the emergence of urban problems in
traffic or the bigger challenge of climate change that faces the world,
many expect cities to come up with solutions," Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu
She expressed hope that cities can work together to drive changes and
solve problems, irrespective of the countries in which they are located.
Graham Quirk, mayor of Brisbane, Australia, where the first cities
summit was held in 1996, echoed this view, saying that the meeting was
designed to encourage exchanges of ideas on addressing the many
challenges facing urban development, including energy issues and
Cher Wang, chairwoman of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC (News - Alert) Corp., also
delivered a speech on the opening day in her capacity as a Taiwanese
member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum's business
Wang was the only Taiwanese to give a keynote speech at this year's
In her speech, Wang announced that HTC was launching online courses in
Kaohsiung high schools that will allow instructors to teach English,
history and math using tablet computers.
"A great city is defined by its people and prioritizes people's needs,"
she said. An ideal city invested in the cultivation of its residents and
worked to bolster its smart facilities, including in schools, to better
educate the next generation, she said while explaining the online course
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