Beijing Continues to Deepen Economic and Cultural Exchange and Cooperation with Taiwan
Various programmes are being implemented to improve connections in areas such as the economy, culture, education, health, sports and others between the two locations.
On October 23, 2018, the Measures on Deepening Beijing–taiwan Economic and Cultural Exchange and Cooperation (the “Measures”) plan was officially issued by the Taiwan Affairs Office ( TAO) of the People's Government of Beijing Municipality and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform, in conjunction with 38 other municipal institutions that have been approved by the People's Government of Beijing Municipality. The Measures are part of the implementation of the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the thoughts of General Secretary Xi Jinping regarding the deepening of cross-straits economic and cultural exchange and cooperation. The Measures also help share development opportunities with Taiwanese people and gradually provide Taiwanese with learning, entrepreneurship, employment and living opportunities similar to their Chinese mainland compatriots. The Measures plan was released in accordance with Beijing's economic and social development trajectory, its strategic positioning as the capital city and the spirit of the Measures on Promoting Cross-straits Economic and Cultural Exchange and Cooperation (the Thirty-one Measures) issued by the State Council's TAO and the National Development and Reform Commission.
The leaders of the Beijing Municipal CPC Committee and the People's Government of Beijing Municipality have greatly valued the Thirty-one Measures since the plan was released on February 28, 2018. The Beijing Municipal TAO and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform implemented Thirty-one Measures by conducting field research, organising hearings with Taiwanese businessmen and university students, and learning more about the actual needs of Taiwanese people in Beijing. The Measures plan was finally formulated after extensive research and consultation, and repeated revision and improvement. The document represents Beijing's in- depth implementation of the Thirty- one Measures. It is also a followup policy to further promote Beijing– Taiwan economic and cultural exchange and cooperation, showcasing the sincerity of Beijing in serving Taiwanese people and sharing development opportunities with them.
The Measures includes 55 items in three areas: actively providing equal treatment for Taiwan-funded enterprises in terms of their investment and economic cooperation in Beijing; encouraging mutual educational and cultural exchange and cooperation; and gradually providing equal treatment for Taiwanese who study, start a business, live and work in Beijing.
Accelerating Policy Implementation
Of the 55 aspects of the Measures, 29 involve specific implementation of the Thirty-one Measures and play a positive role in accelerating their implementation.
The Beijing Municipal TAO has contacted the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau and other relevant
institutions in time to set up service counters at 304 local police stations in 16 districts all over town in the adoption of a series of measures benefitting Taiwanese people, such as issuing residence permits for them, essentially covering the entire city, and greatly facilitating convenient application procedures.
In the meantime, the Beijing Municipal TAO has included information about distributing residence permits for Taiwanese people in two special items in the Measures, making it clear that those who obtain a residence permit can enjoy three special rights, six basic public services and nine convenient measures in Beijing, just like native Beijingers.
Highlighting Beijing Characteristics
As the capital city and national political, cultural, international exchange and science and technology innovation centre, Beijing boasts great advantages in education, culture and scientific and technological innovation. The Measures fully showcases these characteristics.
For example, Beijing encourages Taiwanese businesspeople to invest in highgrade, precision and advanced industries that are in line with the city's functions as the capital. It also encourages Taiwanese businessmen in the Zhongguancun Demonstration Area to obtain loans from banks by way of intellectual property pledges. Projects that pass the review will obtain a subsidy equal to 50 percent of the interest (reaching a maximum of 200,000 yuan). Beijing's Taiwan-funded enterprises that are engaged in cultural and artistic creation and cultural exchange may apply for to be part of the Beijing Cultural and Artistic Fund Project in accordance with application conditions and procedures. The Beijing Cultural Creative Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition has established a Taiwanese competition and special award. To encourage Taiwanese to develop cultural and creative industries and establish cultural and creative industrial parks and enterprises, Beijing will give Taiwanese businesspeople equal policy support.
Promoting In-depth Cooperation
In recent years, the Beijing–taiwan exchange and cooperation platforms covering economics, education, culture, health, sports, law, community and youth have been established, forming an effective exchange mechanism and effectively promoting exchange and cooperation in various fields between the two parties.
The Measures has highlighted certain items to allow more Taiwanese enterprises and people to enjoy the results of corresponding exchange and cooperation. With regard to economic and trade cooperation, Beijing strives to take advantage of the Tecmall Forum to strengthen contact between the industrial and commercial groups in Beijing and Taiwan, focus on high-tech industries and innovative development, promote project negotiation and cooperation, and deepen mutual exchange and cooperation regarding the economy, trade, science and technology. Beijing endeavours to encourage Taiwan's elementary education institutions and primary and secondary school principals to participate in the Beijing–taiwan Elementary Education Principal Summit, establish a mechanism for exchange and cooperation between Beijing's and Taiwan's elementary schools, promote the integrative development of elementary education between the two locations, and encourage Taiwanese people and institutions to participate in various exchange activities aiming to promote mutual integration and development and carry forward the excellent traditional culture of China. Beijing supports young Taiwanese to participate in the Beijing–taiwan Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, the Crossstraits Youth Exchange and Cooperation Beijing Summit, the Cross-straits College Student Series Exchange Camp, the Vocational Skills Competition and other youth exchange activities.
Solving Practical Problems
The third part of the Measures focuses on the needs of Taiwanese people who study, start business, live and work in Beijing. For example, Taiwanese who start businesses or work in Beijing may also apply for to rent public housing if they meet relevant requirements. The policy information communication mechanism for Taiwanese teachers and students in Beijing has been created to post internship and employment information and elaborate on the latest policies every quarter. So far, 195 companies have provided 897 internship posts and jobs for young Taiwanese in Beijing. The Operation Platform for Taiwanese Youth Internship, Employment and Entrepreneurship in Beijing has been established too. The platform has also launched a public Wechat (Chinese social media platform) account and website to provide young Taiwanese with professional services online in addition to offline channels. Young Taiwanese entrepreneurial brands have been created. Cross-straits youth entrepreneurship and employment bases and demonstration areas such as Zhongguancun Inno Way and Vstartup have provided one-stop services for young Taiwanese entrepreneurs in terms of application procedures, legal consultation, financial services and venue rental.
Now that the Measures has been released, the Beijing Municipal TAO and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform will work together with relevant institutions to publicise and supervise its implementation, so that the Thirty-one Measures and the Measures can be properly implemented and Taiwanese people in Beijing can truly enjoy the opportunities and conveniences brought about by the various measures.
Zhongguancun Inno Way offers Taiwan youth an opportunity to start businesses in Beijing.