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PREMIER CALLS FOR CROSS-STRAIT COOPERATION

Taipei, Oct. 5 (CNA) Premier Su Tseng-chang urged Beijing Wednesday to stop evading contact with the government of Taiwan and cooperate with Taipei for co-existence and mutual prosperity.
During a dinner party with a group of China-based Taiwan businesspeople, Su proposed that Taiwan and China deal with cross-Taiwan Strait affairs based on the principles of peace, parity and reciprocity.
Su said the government is well aware of the problems faced by Taiwan businesses operating in China and that the government has made every effort to facilitate them in areas that involve no national security concerns.
However, while the government has tried very hard to avoid escalating cross-strait tensions, China has refused to treat Taiwan on an equal footing and has embarrassed Taiwan on purpose, Su said.
For example, Su said, Beijing blocked his plan to visit Haiti in May and was planning to establish diplomatic relations with Chad on the eve of his scheduled visit to the African nation in August, forcing him to cancel the visit at the last minute.
All these incidents show that Beijing is treating Taiwan as an enemy, although Taiwan considers China a neighbor and friend, Su said.
At the dinner party, some Taiwan businesspeople suggested that the government relax its restrictions on visits by Chinese businesspeople, improve the quality of travel for Chinese tourists and seek to lower the ticket prices for cross-strait charter flights for Mid-Autumn Festival.
In response, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairman Joseph Wu promised the council will facilitate the screening of applications by Chinese businesspeople to visit Taiwan.
Wu noted that the Ministry of Transportation and Communications put forth a number of measures aimed at improving the travel quality of Chinese tourists during a meeting held Tuesday.
On the ticket prices of cross-strait charter flights, Wu said the government will "try to find out the causes behind this problem and seek a resolution." Also during the dinner party, Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chang Chun-hsiung expressed hope that a NT$140 million budget planned by the Cabinet for the SEF for 2007 will pass the Legislative Yuan.
Chang pointed out that although the Cabinet had increased the SEF's 2006 budget by NT$100 million, the legislature cut NT$20 million from it and froze another NT$50 million, leaving little for the SEF to spend.
Over the past year, the SEF has tried to enhance its service quality by setting up a service center for China-based Taiwan businesspeople and providing legal counseling to them on cross-strait financial and economic issues, Chang said.
In the future, the SEF will focus its efforts on assisting businesspeople to channel their investments back to Taiwan, Chang said.
(By Y.F. Low) ENDITEM/Li


Updated : 2021-04-13 16:47 GMT+08:00