Ko speaks at European Parliament

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 02, 2018
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Taipei’s acceptance of different cultures and ideas is its defining value, incorporating

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je speaks to members of the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, giving his thoughts on what Taipei’s values are.  Photo: CNA

progressive Western ideals into Chinese society, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said in a speech at the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Addressing a gathering of more than 30 members of the European Parliament, Ko spoke of Taipei’s values, positioning the city in a landscape that is full of what he called “clashes of ideas and values.”

While Taipei might appear to be like any other Chinese society, it is quite different, because “we can accept different cultures,” Ko said.

He pointed to the 50,000 Muslims who gathered in Taipei during last year’s Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic post-Ramadan fast-breaking festival, as an impressive feat, especially as it occurred in a city and nation that are not Muslim.    [FULL  STORY]

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