Bei­jing Con­tin­ues to Deepen Eco­nomic and Cul­tural Ex­change and Co­op­er­a­tion with Tai­wan

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Wang Hui­hui Edited by Justin Davis Photo by Ge­or­gios Doupas (Greece)

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.

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