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Eighth cross-Strait forum concludes, 17 joint proposals adopted


09:25, July 30, 2012

Participants attend the closing ceremony of the 8th Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Culture Forum in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang province, July 29, 2012. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)

HARBIN, July 29 (Xinhua) -- The 8th Cross-Straits Economic, Trade and Culture Forum closed Sunday in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang province, with the adoption of 17 proposals for promoting cross-Strait ties.

"The most prominent feature of this forum is that the two sides, for the first time, held comprehensive and inclusive discussions on the development of cross-Strait relations," Wang Yi, the Chinese mainland's Taiwan affairs chief, said at the closing ceremony.

Previous forums, however, had generally focused on discussions of individual topics, said Wang, director of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

Cross-Strait relations have realized a historic turn and saw breakthrough development in the past four years, he said.

Authorities from both sides should seize the opportunities to overcome the difficulties ahead of us, as cross-Strait ties are facing both "bright prospects and various challenges" in the future, he said.

The joint proposals acknowledged that "peaceful development" is the correct path for furthering cross-Strait relations, he said, adding that such development is also in line with the common interests of people on both sides of the Strait as well as the Chinese nation.

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