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Ma-Xi meeting conducive to stability: business leaders

Nanjing, Nov. 4 (CNA) Several Taiwanese business leaders have expressed positive views on the upcoming meeting between the Taiwanese and Chinese leaders, saying that such meetings can help ensure regional stability. Steve Chen (???), chairman of chip maker Powerchip Technology Corp., said that meetings between Taiwanese and Chinese leaders are good and can have positive impact on cooperation across the Taiwan Strait. Chen made the remark in response to the Nov. 7 meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Singapore when he attended the Zijinshan Summit for Entrepreneurs across the Taiwan Strait in Nanjing as secretary-general of the Taiwanese committee of the event. "The meeting needed to take place a long time ago," said Lin Kun-ming (???), chairman of the Taiwan Venture Capital Association, adding that meetings between leaders can be more effective in official cross-strait communication. Fan Liang-tung (???), secretary-general of Taiwan's Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce, said Taiwanese businesses hope to take part in Beijing's Silk Road initiatives and regional integration, and these issues should be on the agenda of the meeting between Ma and Xi. Both Lin and Fan served as a deputy secretaries-general under Chen in the two-day cross-strait business summit. During his speech at the event's closing ceremony, Yu Zhengsheng (???), chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said the Ma-Xi meeting should be positive news for Chinese and Taiwanese businessmen. Yu also reiterated Beijing's stance against Taiwan's independence, saying that the deepened ties across the strait since 2008 are precious achievements. He said confidence in economic cooperation between China and Taiwan needs to be maintained, despite China's slower growth and challenges facing the global economy, because the fundamentals of the Chinese economy remain positive in the long term. (By Chang Shu-ling and Kay Liu)

Updated : 2021-09-20 10:47 GMT+08:00