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Senior Chinese leader demands cross-Strait personnel exchanges

(Xinhua)

08:18, June 18, 2012

Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, addresses the 4th Straits Forum in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian Province, June 17, 2012. The 4th Straits Forum was held in Xiamen on Sunday. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

XIAMEN, June 17 (Xinhua) -- China's top political advisor on Sunday addressed the fourth Straits Forum with a call for maintaining the good momentum of people-to-people exchanges across the Taiwan Strait.

Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said in a keynote speech at the event that cross-Strait exchanges have made great achievements in recent years.

He called for deepened people-to-people exchanges across the Strait to promote peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and expand people's welfare.

Cross-Strait ties have maintained development despite some twists and turns, as people-to-people exchanges have never been suspended, according to Jia. Expanding and deepening cross-Strait exchange is the best way to achieve mutual understanding, mutual learning and mutual benefits, he said.

"Identifying that both sides of the Strait belong to the Chinese nation, opposing 'Taiwan Independence' and supporting cross-Strait exchanges and equal consultations, have become the common sense of people across the Strait and the mainstream will of people in Taiwan," said Jia at the seven-day forum focusing on grass-roots exchanges.

"'Taiwan Independence' is at an impasse, and Taiwan's future lies in cross-Strait peaceful development and rejuvenation of the Chinese nation," the political advisor added.

He called for continued promotion of mutual understanding, improved sense of unity and consolidated common sense of supporting the development of cross-Strait ties.

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