Top negotiator concludes China visit with fruitful results
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA) Senior Chinese officials have given goodwill responses to several major issues of concern to Taiwan such as easier financing for Taiwanese companies on the Chinese mainland, Taiwan's top negotiator with China said Sunday.
Lin Join-sane, chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), said upon his return from his maiden visit to China that while meeting with Chinese officials, he had repeatedly called for more assistance to the mainland-based Taiwan companies.
"During my first-ever mainland visit, I met with many Taiwanese business people operating there. A number of them face bottlenecks in technological upgrading, risk control, financing, branding and transforming manufacturing operations into service business," Lin said.
While some of them looked forward to Taiwanese government's help, many also said they need Chinese authorities' assistance to tide over the current difficulties, Lin said.
"I have conveyed their requests and opinions to Chinese officials I had met over the past few days," Lin said, adding that the SEF will also continue tracking relevant developments through the dialogue platform with its Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS).
On the proposal of SEF and ARATS -- the two quasi-official cross-strait intermediary bodies -- setting up representative offices in each other's territories, Lin said Chinese officials agreed with his view that an action plan should be outlined to realize the goal as early as possible.
Chinese authorities also promised to continue expanding cross-strait tourism exchanges and to allow more Chinese citizens to make free independent trips to Taiwan, Lin said.
Both sides also agreed to cooperate in encouraging Chinese students to study at Taiwan's science and technology colleges, Lin said.
"While we hope mainland China will take good care of Taiwanese business people, students, spouses, travelers and journalists during their stay there, we will make similar efforts in helping mainland Chinese citizens living, working, studying or traveling in Taiwan," he added.
On future cross-strait engagements, Lin said priority will be given to issues that need to be addressed urgently or are easier to be addressed. Moreover, he said, economic issues will take precedence over political ones.
Lin started his China trip Oct. 16, which took him to Beijing, Hubei Province, Shanghai and Kunshan in Jiangsu province.
(By Scarlett Chai and Sofia Wu)
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