The new Taiwanese cultural envoy finally arrived in Hong Kong yesterday, following the long-awaited granting of her work visa. Lu Ping, a novelist who formerly served as an honorary ambassador-at-large for the Taiwanese government, took care not to comment on sensitive political issues, saying only: 'Culture transcends politics.' Ms Lu pledged to promote cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and Taiwan, while also saying she hoped for a 'silver lining' of mutual trust and respect between the two places, and the mainland. She would not be drawn on topical Hong Kong issues such as the proposed anti-subversion laws. Ms Lu is in Hong Kong to take up her new posting as the head of the Kwang Hwa Information and Cultural Centre. She was issued with a work visa earlier last month, 11 months after her appointment was announced in December 2001, when her predecessor, Susie Chiang Su-hui, resigned. 'If everything is expressed in political terminology [which is] narrow, it would impose limitations on creativity and imagination,' she said. 'Intellectuals should have vision . . . Even if it is cloudy, we are able to see the silver lining,' she said. 'I don't care about whether it took a long time or not. This [the issuing of her work visa] is a sign of goodwill. 'The cultural exchanges between the two places will be more frequent.' Referring to her name 'Lu Ping' which means literally a flat road, Ms Lu said she hoped the relationship between Hong Kong and Taiwan would improve. 'If there is any misunderstanding, we can try to enhance our understanding and build up mutual trust,' she said. 'I hope Hong Kong and Taiwan would build up a cordial relationship.' Expressing the wish to meet Secretary for Home Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung, who is responsible for Taiwan affairs, Ms Lu said: 'I haven't met him but I have read his comments in media reports that he welcomed my arrival to conduct cultural changes. 'I am grateful for his goodwill. I hope I will have the chance to exchange views [with him] on culture,' she added. Ms Lu, who is seen to have a close relationship with Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party, sidestepped questions on her views on the independence of Taiwan.