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UPDATED: 13:22, April 30, 2007
Hu and KMT leaders seek more exchanges
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Communist Party of China (CPC) chief Hu Jintao has called for closer personnel, economic and cultural exchanges between the mainland and Taiwan to help curb Taiwan secessionist moves and maintain peace across the Taiwan Straits.

Hu, general secretary of CPC Central Committee, made the appeal during a meeting with participants at the third Cross-Straits Economic, Trade and Cultural Forum over the weekend.

"It is the common will of the people and also a prevailing historical trend to promote economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation, improve the well-being of the people across the Straits and boost the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation," Hu said.

He said the mainland's robust economic growth had offered more opportunities, stronger impetus and better conditions for cross-Straits economic exchanges and cooperation.

About 500 participants from the mainland and Taiwan attended the forum to exchange views on cross-Straits direct flights, cooperation in education and tourism between the two sides.

While attending the opening ceremony of the forum on Saturday, China's top political advisor, Jia Qinglin, also warned against the "escalating danger" of "Taiwan independence", saying it was "the most serious, dangerous and urgent problem threatening peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits".

Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said the leaders of the Democratic Progressive Party, Taiwan's ruling party, insisted on the radical policy of "Taiwan independence" and kept provoking the mainland with secessionist remarks and activities.

Jia reiterated that the mainland would continue to show the greatest sincerity and exert the greatest efforts to promote the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations and achieve peaceful reunification.

"But we will never tolerate 'Taiwan independence'. And never will we allow anyone to separate Taiwan from China by any means," Jia said.

"We have the will, the capacity and the resources to contain 'Taiwan independence' as well as any serious 'Taiwan independence' incidents," Jia said.

Attending the same ceremony, Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chairman Lien Chan urged Taiwan authorities to stop cutting the island off from the mainland and to open negotiations to boost cross-Straits ties.

While the mainland has opened to the entire world, Taiwan authorities continue to put up barriers to the island's access to the huge market, said Lien.

"This has caused great damage to Taiwan," Lien said.

Taiwan can only pursue its development through extensive exchanges and cooperation with the mainland, he said.

Lien said the series of forums and seminars on cross-Straits economic, cultural and agricultural exchanges over the past two years jointly held by the CPC and the KMT have helped improve the well-being of the people across the Straits, especially the Taiwan people.

The KMT will continue to work as a bridge to push forward cross-Straits relations through dialogs and consultations, Lien said while addressing the forum.

Source: China Daily

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