Mainland-Taiwan forum focuses on deeper economic ties, green energy cooperation (2)

15:39, July 10, 2010      

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The event is the sixth of its kind since the forum was first held in 2006,

KMT honorary chairman Wu Poh-hsiung, leader of the Taiwan delegation, said in his speech that he hoped more voices from the island could be heard during the forum and the delegation's some 200 members from different parties would exchange ideas with mainland delegates.

"We know that many policies will be challenged given the island's political environment. But we are confident that the policies will stand the test of public opinion. Taiwan people should know that we seek to benefit all people in the island," Wu said.

Wu urged participants to come up with good ideas during the two-day forum because proposals and conclusions reached would possibly be adopted by authorities on both sides.

Recalling the time when cannon balls flew across the Taiwan Strait, Wu said the positive progress made in recent years between both sides should be "well cherished."

In a congratulatory letter to the opening of the event, Lien Chan, also honorary chairman of the KMT, said the mainland and Taiwan should further discuss regional economic cooperation under an unrestricted mechanism in order to boost economic development.

A cultural and educational symposium will also be held at the weekend to review the implementation of joint proposals put forward by delegations from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan during the previous forum.

At the fifth forum, at central China's Changsha City in July last year, both sides proposed to deepen information exchanges, acknowledge the commonality of their language, enhance conservation of cultural relics,support intercollegiate communications and facilitate Taiwan companies in exploring the mainland market.

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