China's top political advisor Jia Qinglin said on Tuesday that promoting exchanges between the mainland and Taiwan benefits both sides.
Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), made the remarks when he met a delegation of the Taiwan-based Chinese Women's League.
Compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should stand firmly against "Taiwan independence" to achieve peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, Jia said.
Koo Yen Cho-yun, head of the delegation, said women should play an important role in promoting exchanges across the Strait.
Koo Yen Cho-yun, director of the Chinese Women's League, is the widow of Koo Chen-fu, former chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation.
Chen Yunlin, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, also met with the delegation.