Chinese mainland official hails cross-Straits CEO Summit, calls for deeper business cooperation
Published: Nov 15, 2023 10:37 PM Updated: Nov 15, 2023 10:33 PM
A view of the Taipei city, Taiwan island Photo: Unsplash

A view of the Taipei city, Taiwan island Photo: Unsplash

The Taiwan Affairs Office of China's State Council said Wednesday that the 2023 Cross-Straits CEO Summit reflected the willingness of cross-Straits entrepreneurs to expand cooperation and business trade, and vowed to further support cross-Straits enterprises in promoting peaceful and integrated development of cross-Straits relations.

Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson for the office, made the remarks during a press conference held on Wednesday, noting that the summit invited about 800 cross-Straits attendees including summit members, entrepreneurs and scholars to discuss new development strategies that support market integration and industrial chain cooperation.

Zhu stated that the island's business community was optimistic about growth potential of Chinese mainland market. "During the sixth China International Import Expo, exhibition companies from Taiwan island brought qualified, scaled and widely used products, wished to further explore Chinese mainland market for future development," said Zhu.

In cross-Straits communication sector, the Taiwan Affairs Office is committed to accelerate the implementation of a document issued by the State Council in September this year targeting to foster new cross-Straits development mode and build an integrated development zone in East China's Fujian Province.

Based on the document, the National Immigration Administration on November 6 issued 10 immigration measures to rectify cross-Straits passenger communication which are set to come into effect on January 1, 2024.

"Fujian Province has paid attention to series of policies, and is preparing a first batch of policy supports to facilitate Taiwan compatriots living and working in the province," Zhu said.

From November 5 to 11, a total of 84,528 passengers were transported by 580 cross-Straits flights between 14 Chinese mainland cities and Taiwan island, reflecting a rising trend, the office noted.

Zhu called on relevant authorities of Taiwan island to fully resume the operation of cross-Straits direct flights, ships and the "mini three links" as soon as possible, noting that when the cross-Strait relation is back on track of peaceful development, Chinese mainland residents will visit the island.

Global Times