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