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Right time to boost Taiwan-Fujian cooperation, says governor

(Xinhua)

11:16, March 28, 2012

TAIPEI, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Governor of Fujian Province Su Shulin said he believes now is the right time to boost cooperation between Fujian and Taiwan, given the peaceful development momentum between the Chinese mainland and the island.

In a meeting with Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) on Tuesday, Su said Fujian has become an ideal place to invest because it is geographically close to the island and has formulated favorable policies for Taiwanese to invest in the province.

Su, who is leading a delegation on a five-day trip to Taiwan, said Fujian's "abundant business opportunities" have raise its profile among Taiwanese businessmen, who used to prefer to channel investment into the coastal provinces of Guangdong and Jiangsu over the past two decades.

The governor said he believed the close cultural, geographic, and people-to-people ties between Fujian and Taiwan would help promote Fujian-Taiwan cooperation.

Su is the mainland's second high-level local official to visit the island this year. Upon his arrival in Taichung on Saturday, he highlighted the common ancestry of Taiwanese people and residents in Fujian.

The Taiwan Strait separates Taiwan from Fujian, located on the southeast coast of the Chinese mainland. About 80 percent of Taiwanese can trace their ancestral links to Fujian.

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