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Senior leader calls for more cross-Strait grassroots exchanges

(Xinhua)

08:15, June 18, 2012

Jia Qinglin (C, front), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, who is also the chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, declares open the fourth Straits Forum in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian Province, June 16, 2012. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

XIAMEN, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Top political advisor Jia Qinglin has urged to expand direct exchanges at grassroots level between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, saying that the mainland will carry out more favorable policies to meet Taiwan people's need.

Jia made the remarks Saturday in the coastal city Xiamen at a meeting with 180 guests from both the mainland and Taiwan who were scheduled to attend a forum aimed at promoting cross-Strait grass-roots exchanges.

The Straits Forum, now in its fourth year since its inauguration in 2009, features an array of sub-forums and seminars that focus on "pooling people's opinions and jointly seeking benefits."

"The peaceful development of cross-Strait relations have entered the stage of consolidation. We will continue to implement favorable policies and strengthen political, economic, cultural and social foundations for future development of cross-Strait relations," said Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Jia, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, called for deepened mutual political trust on the basis of opposing "Taiwan independence" and sticking to the "1992 consensus."

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