Hong Kong's home affairs minister has hinted the city and Taiwan could explore the possibility of organising regional art exhibitions together following the warming of ties. Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing, who returned from a historic visit to Taipei last week, said there was still plenty of room for more extensive and higher-level cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and Taiwan. Mr Tsang was the first principal official from Hong Kong to visit Taiwan since the handover in 1997. During his visit to Taipei, he attended a Buddhism forum as the head of the delegation from Hong Kong and Macau. On his bureau's website yesterday, Mr Tsang said Hong Kong could take advantage of the development of a cultural district in West Kowloon to work with Taiwan. 'Especially when we are to borrow important art items from overseas to be on display in the region, would it be more beneficial if we join hands to do it together?' he asked. Hong Kong and Taiwan have begun a new era of closer relations, with improvements in cross-strait ties. Last week, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen told visiting Kuomintang vice-chairman and magistrate of Taoyuan county Eric Chu Li-luan that he hoped to visit Taiwan before his term ended in 2012. Later this month, an intercity forum between Hong Kong and Taichung will be held in Hong Kong. At yesterday's RTHK City Forum, China observer Johnny Lau Yui-siu said Hong Kong should invite Taiwanese officials to a regional city mayors' conference, while Chiang Su-hui, who chairs the CS Culture Foundation, a private think-tank, said Hong Kong should first allow Taiwanese visitors visa-free entry. Official contact between Hong Kong's leader and a senior Taiwanese official came to a halt for seven years until July last year when Donald Tsang received Chiang Pin-kung, who heads the island's quasi-official Straits Exchange Foundation, at Government House. In 2001, the then chief executive Tung Chee-hwa met Taipei mayor Ma Ying-jeou, who is now Taiwan's president.