Chi­nese cul­ture vi­tal to ex­changes across the Straits in the new era

China Daily (USA) - - COMMENT -

Chi­nese cul­ture has al­ways been a ba­sis and driv­ing force of crossS­traits ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion. In the new era, Chi­nese cul­ture will keep play­ing an es­sen­tial role in unit­ing com­pa­tri­ots from both sides of the Straits to work to­gether to re­al­ize the Chi­nese Dream of na­tional re­ju­ve­na­tion.

With 2018 mark­ing the 40th an­niver­sary of re­form and open­ing-up, and Jan 1, 2019, mark­ing the 40th an­niver­sary of a Mes­sage to Tai­wan Com­pa­tri­ots, nearly ev­ery as­pect of ex­changes across the Straits has deep­ened, in­creas­ingly in­ject­ing new im­pe­tus into the peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of cross-Straits re­la­tions.

Pop mu­sic from Tai­wan cam­puses be­came pop­u­lar on the Chi­nese main­land in the 1980s, bring­ing plenty of artis­tic en­joy­ment and the is­land’s lat­est news to main­land com­pa­tri­ots.

In ad­di­tion, a Tai­wan singer be­came the first per­son to per­form at a con­cert on the main­land. It led to the first group of se­nior cit­i­zens from across the Straits vis­it­ing the main­land for the first time since the 1940s for fam­ily re­union in 1988. Sim­i­larly, a Tai­wan ac­tor played a role in a main­land TV se­ries and thus helped in­tro­duce cus­toms from the main­land to Tai­wan au­di­ences. Ever since, a grow­ing num­ber of films and TV pro­grams have won pop­u­lar­ity on the is­land. And the 14th Cross-Straits Book Fair in 2018 ex­hib­ited about 300,000 books from both sides of the Straits in Tai­wan.

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