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Chinese official pledges incentives for Taiwanese businesses

Chinese official pledges incentives for Taiwanese businesses

Taipei, April 24 (CNA) Zhang Zhijun (???), the head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office (???), said Friday that the Chinese government is poised to carry out a series of previously promised incentive programs for Taiwanese businesses operating in China. He said he had earlier assured representatives of Taiwanese businesses that the Chinese government will not backtrack on the promises Premier Li Keqiang reaffirmed during a meeting in Fujian province on Wednesday. Zhang made the pledge to former Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (???), who is in Nanjing with a delegation of Kuomintang (KMT) officials for a series of events marking the 10th anniversary of a historic meeting between former KMT Chairman Lien Chan (??) and former Communist Party of China chief Hu Jintao (???). Zhang said that at the meeting in Fujian Li heard a myriad of concerns faced by Taiwanese businesses in China, including their misgivings over incentive programs, intellectual property protection and access to financing, and pledged that China would honor its previous commitments on those issues. Meanwhile, the events commemorating the groundbreaking meeting between Lien and Hu will set the stage for a meeting between the current generation of CPC and KMT leaders Xi Jinping (???) and Eric Chu (???) in May. Zhang said it was more important than ever to review the progress made over the past decade and bolster future cross-strait ties. Hau said it took great fortitude for leaders of both parties to step forward 10 years ago to begin the journey toward establishing peace between Taiwan and China, and progress in the endeavor had accelerated markedly since 2008. The most tangible reflections of such efforts are the economic boost brought by the influx of Chinese visitors to Taiwan's capital and the many instances where a cross-strait agreement to fight crime and provide mutual legal assistance had borne fruit, Hau said. (By Eva Feng and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-20 06:47 GMT+08:00