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Mayor's attended the first Indian Spring Carnival

Inida-Taipei Association held the first Indian Spring Carnival at the Civic Plaza of New Taipei City Hall on Saturday. Mayor Chu of New Taipei attended as the guest of honor the event, and opened the event together with Director General of ITA Dr. Sridharan Madhusudhanan. The Carnival highlighted the closer exchanges between two peoples of India and Taiwan, and also demonstrated the vibrant relationships between New Taipei and India.

In his opening remarks, Mayor Chu stressed again the importance of Taiwan India economic, cultural, academic relationships. Citing his travelling experiences to India, Mayor Chu said that after the visits, he became an advocate for India-Taiwan partnerships. "I have constantly reminded our businessmen to explore the opportunities of the land of 1.3 billion people."

New Taipei is familiar with Indian culture. Every year, the City's Culture Department organized events in XiZhi District to showcase Indian films, music performances and art display. This Carnival was initiated by ITA's DG Sridharan Madhusudhanan, who took office just at the end of 2015. The top Indian diplomat said that New Taipei City Hall is a perfect place for events of such scale, because it's conveniently reachable for Indian expats in Taiwan.

About 3,000 Indian citizens now live in Taiwan. Most of the expats are employed in high tech sectors in Hsinchu, and some study in Chiayi. Dressed in traditional colorful Sarees, both Indian and Taiwanese artists and dancers presented very ethnic performances on stage. The spirits of holiday also enchanted the audience. Many men and women started to dance in the rain to the beat of Indian music.

Director Genreal Chieh-yu Lin of Secretariat of New Taipei City Government said that the City encourages the foreign representative offices in Taiwan to work with the City to reach out general public through events like this.