Base for entrepreneurs points the way, Hung says
Hung Hsiu-chu, chairwoman of Taiwan’s Kuomintang party, visited a youth entrepreneurship base in the Zhongguancun technology hub in Beijing on Tuesday, encouraging young people in Taiwan to increase exchanges and cooperation with their mainland peers.
The visit was Hung’s second stop during her five-day trip to the mainland. On Monday, she paid tribute to Sun Yat-sen, the KMT’s founder, at his mausoleum in Nanjing, Jiangsu province.
The entrepreneurship base, Vstartup, launched a branch in October that specifically provides service to young Taiwan entrepreneurs and has received 14 startups fromthe island.
The Taiwan entrepreneurs have been provided with rich information that will help them succeed in developing their business on the mainland, Hung said after a talk with a delegation of young Taiwan people who run companies at the base.
“When you have achieved big success, I hope you will bring your experience back to Taiwan and cooperate with young people in Taiwan,” Hung said.
An atmosphere on the mainland that is favorable to entrepreneurship is encouraging many talented young people from Taiwan to make their dreams come true on the mainland, according to a report released by theTaiwan Affairs Office of the State Council in August.
The mainland has founded 41 cross-Straits youth entrepreneurship bases, in locations including Fujian and Zhejiang provinces, to attract Taiwan’s young people to start businesses on the mainland and to encourage exchanges among young people from both sides, the report said.
Li Yihu, head of Peking University’s Taiwan Institute, said exchanges among the younger generation from both sides have contributed to a peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.
“Many exchanges and communication have been suspended due to the current political situation, but the exchanges and cooperation among young people in the innovation field still go on,” said Li. “It plays an important role in helping to dissolve misunderstandings and also gives hope for the future.”