Chongqing mayor reassures commitment to Taiwanese notebook makers

Taipei, March 21 (CNA) The mayor of the Chinese megacity of Chongqing has assured notebook computer manufacturers from Taiwan that the removal of Bo Xilai as party chief of the western city will not lead to any changes in the country's industrial policy, according to Chinese media reports. The Chongqing municipal government held a seminar Tuesday with more than 20 notebook computer original brand manufacturers, contractors and suppliers with production bases in the city, amid concerns that Bo's ouster might affect their operations there, according to the Chongqing Daily News and China News Service. The participants included representatives of Hewlett Packard and Taiwan-based Acer, Asus, Foxconn, Quanta and Inventec. Mayor Huang Qifan told the participants that China is maintaining a long-term, fundamental policy to boost the development of Chongqing and China's western region, marked by the establishment of the Liangjiang New Area and two tax-protected zones in the city. The policy is based upon a document issued by the State Council in 2009 with regard to promoting comprehensive urban-rural reform in Chongqing, Huang noted. Under the policy, the development of a notebook computer industry cluster in Chongqing plays a strategic role in the city's efforts to adjust its industrial structure, transform into a new gateway to China's hinterland and promote cross-Taiwan Strait industrial cooperation, the mayor said. He promised that the municipal government will honor its commitments and continue to support the notebook computer sector. It will also speed up the construction of factory and dormitory buildings, work to stabilize the labor supply, improve public order and security, and ensure good management and services in its tax-protected zones, he added. (By Tsai Su-jung and Y.F. Low)