Kuala Lumpur, March 26 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) arrived in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, Sunday on the first leg of a three-country tour to promote the 2017 Universiade that will be held Taipei.
Speaking to reporters who are accompanying him, Ko said part of his city's tourism strategy is to encourage Malaysians to study in Taiwan.
When Malaysian students are in Taiwan, "their relatives and friends will want to visit," he said.
As part of Taipei's promotion as the host city of the Aug. 19-30 Universiade, Ko is visiting Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, the Thailand capital of Bangkok, and New Delhi in India.
He is scheduled to spend Sunday and Monday in Kuala Lumpur, then go on to Bangkok on Tuesday, and head for New Delhi on Wednesday. He will return to Taiwan on April 2.
In Kuala Lumpur, Ko will visit Malaysia Digital Economy Corp. and sign a memorandum of understanding with the state of Selangor to pave the way for cooperation in the areas of transportation, innovation and smart cities, according to the city government.
In Thailand, Ko will sign a letter of intent on cooperation with the Thailand Creative and Design Center to strengthen exchanges and interaction between the cultural and design sectors of the two cities.
On the India leg of his tour, Ko will attend the 2017 Taipei-New Delhi Economic Cooperation Forum and visit the Indian Institutes of Technology.
(By Huang Tzu-chiang and Elizabeth Hsu)