Pro­tect­ing ties cru­cial, fo­rum told

The mainland’s sup­port for co­op­er­a­tion will con­tinue, says top po­lit­i­cal ad­viser

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By PENG YINING pengyin­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Top po­lit­i­cal ad­viser Yu Zheng­sheng called on both sides of the Tai­wan Straits on Wed­nes­day to pro­tect and im­prove the peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of cross-Straits re­la­tions.

Dur­ing a fo­rum in Beijing on im­prov­ing cross-Straits re­la­tions, Yu said he hoped the event, which be­gan on Wed­nes­day, could re­build the bridge con­nect­ing the two sides, de­spite a chang­ing po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion.

The mainland will con­tinue to sup­port co­op­er­a­tion across the Tai­wan Straits, said Yu, chair­man of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence.

“Pref­er­en­tial poli­cies for Tai­wan busi­nesses will re­main un­changed,” he said. “And we wel­come Tai­wan’s young peo­ple to come to the mainland to work or study.”

The mu­tual ac­knowl­edg­ment of the 1992 Con­sen­sus, which com­mits to the one-China pol­icy, is the foun­da­tion of cross-Straits eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion, Yu added.

Hung Hsiu-chu, chair­woman of Tai­wan’s Kuom­intang party, also par­tic­i­pated in the fo­rum’s group talks on eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion and ex­changes among young peo­ple from both sides. Her five­day visit to the mainland be­gan on Sun­day.

Steve Chan, vice-chair­man of the KMT, noted dur­ing the fo­rum’s open­ing cer­e­mony that, since the Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party took the is­land’s lead­er­ship in May, cross-Straits re­la­tions have en­tered a cold pe­riod and many ex­changes have been sus­pended.

“The fo­rum pro­vides a pre­cious

We wel­come Tai­wan’s young peo­ple to come to the mainland to work or study.”

Yu Zheng­sheng, chair­man of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence

op­por­tu­nity for the both sides to com­mu­ni­cate,” Chan said.

Un­der the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, co­op­er­a­tion across the Straits has chal­lenges as well as op­por­tu­ni­ties, said Zhang Zhi­jun, head of the Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Council, dur­ing the fo­rum’s open­ing cer­e­mony.

“I hope par­tic­i­pants from both sides will work out a new way for com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the fu­ture,” Zhang said.

The fo­rum, jointly hosted by nongovern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions from the mainland and Tai­wan, has played an im­por­tant role and gen­er­ated fruit­ful re­sults since it was es­tab­lished a decade ago, Zhang added.

About 200 del­e­gates, who came from both sides of the Straits, took part in the fo­rum to dis­cuss pol­i­tics, econ­omy, cul­ture, so­ci­ety and youth.

Lin Shoushan, public rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Tai­wan city of Kaoh­si­ung, said: “I am hop­ing we can find a way to break the cold pe­riod. The fo­rum is cer­tainly an op­por­tu­nity. Talks among peo­ple from both sides are es­sen­tial for fu­ture re­la­tions.”

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