Taiwan agricultural fair highlights importance of cross-Straits ties

By Leng Shumei Source:Global Times Published: 2016/12/26 21:24:09

A three-day fair featuring agricultural products from Taiwan and promoting tourism ended at the Beijing Exhibition Center on Monday.

The fair had attracted nearly 130 exhibitors. Mainland businesses signed cooperation contracts with county authorities from Taiwan, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

"The number of mainland tourists to Taiwan has substantially dropped since May when the island's newly-elected leader took office," Peng De-huei, dean of the supply and marketing department of the Beipu Farmers' Association, told the Global Times on Monday.

Peng said that although the cooperation mechanism between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan has not been suspended, fewer activities were held. "The fair showcased both sides' determination to improve cross-Straits ties, and was also a good opportunity to improve mutual understanding between people from the mainland and Taiwan."

The State Council Taiwan Affairs Office in September announced the mainland would promote cooperation with eight Taiwan counties on the basis of the 1992 Consensus, said Xinhua.

The 1992 Consensus affirms the one-China principle, which current Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen has yet to recognize.

Chen Huei-lin, owner of Taiwan-based cultural and creative company Youle Chuangyi, said some mainland tourists started to worry about the safety of traveling to Taiwan, since the pro-Taiwan independence Democratic Progressive Party is in power.

"But the people's goodwill has never changed. Communication between the mainland and Taiwan, especially cultural exchanges, should continue to promote understanding across the Straits," noted Chen.

Fu Kun-chi, head of Taiwan's Hualien county, said at the fair's opening ceremony on Saturday that their booths were not only meant to showcase agricultural products grown by the Taiwan people, but also their confidence in working together with the mainland people at a difficult time for cross-Straits relations, Xinhua reported.


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