Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou will officially visit Hong Kong for five days, starting on Sunday, amid signs of an increasingly warm response from the SAR Government to Taiwan. During his first visit in March 1999 - three months after being elected mayor - Mr Ma did not meet Tung Chee-hwa, but this time he is scheduled to meet the Chief Executive on Tuesday. A spokesman for the Chief Executive's Office stressed the Government was simply recognising Mr Ma's official status. 'We hope that the meeting will be beneficial to Hong Kong's relations with Taiwan,' the spokesman said. Mr Ma and his 40-member delegation will be allowed to use the VIP exit at Chek Lap Kok. In contrast, Chang Liang-jen, Taiwan's unofficial envoy to Hong Kong, used the normal exit when he arrived last month. The spokesman said Mr Chang did not fall under a list of VIPs set out in the guidelines on the use of VIP facilities issued by the Protocol Office as he was the general manager of the Chung Hwa Travel Agency. Mr Ma has been invited by the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute, which is headed by Mr Tung's special adviser Paul Yip Kwok-wah. Mr Yip has been assigned by Mr Tung to tackle relations between the SAR and Taiwan. During his visit, Mr Ma will look at town-planning and transport matters. He will also give a speech on these issues at the Two-City Forum on Monday. The forum was initiated by Mr Ma during his last visit. He has urged formal and regular contacts between Hong Kong and Taipei. The first Two-City Forum was held in Taiwan last year.