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Cross-Strait exchange event calls for efforts to advance national reunification

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Cross-Strait exchange event calls for efforts to advance national reunification

2024-05-30 04:03 Last Updated At:04:37

A cross-Strait exchange event, which opened in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province on Wednesday, has called for concerted efforts across the Taiwan Strait to advance China's reunification.

More than 200 people, including heads of political parties and youth representatives from Taiwan as well as cross-Strait experts, attended the annual event, which is in its fourth edition this year.

In his address, Huang Kunming, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee, emphasized the economic opportunities behind a sound cross-Strait relations. He said peace provides an essential guarantee for Taiwan businesses -- with some 340,000 companies registered in Guangdong by the end of last year.

"Guangdong's industrial structure complements Taiwan's very well. We invite more Taiwanese compatriots to invest, and we will implement more favorable policies to support them," Huang said.

Song Tao, head of both the Taiwan Work Office of the CPC Central Committee and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, reiterated the mainland's firm will and strong capabilities of resolving the Taiwan question.

"Taiwan belongs to China. This is an indisputable historical and legal fact. Any provocation of 'Taiwan independence' will be severely punished and doomed to failure. The vast number of Taiwan compatriots are patriotic. They should firmly uphold the One-China principle, resolutely oppose separatism and external interference, and promote peaceful reunification with the motherland," said Song.

There are growing concerns that the U.S. is turning Taiwan into a pawn in its war-gaming in the Asia Pacific. Hung Hsiu-chu, former chairperson of Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) party who also attended the forum, said that the fate of the island should not be determined by external forces.

"People on both sides of the Taiwan Strait are one family. We are capable of discussing and resolving issues among ourselves. We do not need foreign intervention. Unfortunately, U.S. politicians continue to push for dominance and the U.S. military-industrial complex profits from weapon sales, disregarding the well-being of other nations. It is crucial for the Chinese people to stand firm and reinforce our understanding of our historical roots," she said.

The event will conclude on Thursday. The two-day event also features three sub-forums that will be held in Foshan and Zhuhai, respectively, after the opening ceremony.

Cross-Strait exchange event calls for efforts to advance national reunification

Cross-Strait exchange event calls for efforts to advance national reunification

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China's trade in goods remains stable in May: spokesman

2024-06-14 17:14 Last Updated At:17:37

Bolstered by several positive factors in May, China's trade in goods in May maintained a steady and progressive trend overall, said He Yadong, spokesman of the Ministry of Commerce, in Beijing on Thursday.

He added that the performance aligned with expectations.

He said that from an industry perspective, there are three categories of products with stable market demand.

First of all, consumer electronic products had stable market demand. After overcoming cyclical downturns, electronic products gradually resumed growth. According to research institutions, global shipments of smartphones and laptops increased by approximately 10 and 4 percent respectively in the first quarter, showing clear signs of recovery.

Driven by demand for end-user products, China's integrated circuit exports and imports in May increased by 34.8 and 22 percent respectively.

The second is household products. Efforts to reduce inventory in major overseas markets have yielded results, particularly in furniture, textiles, and apparel, where restocking activities have been robust. Furthermore, demand for products such as televisions has been boosted by events like the Olympics and other sports competitions. In May, exports of household appliances increased by 23.5 percent.

Meanwhile, China's automotive and shipbuilding industries, saw continuous enhancement in product competitiveness, leveraging complete supply chains and technological advantages. In May, exports of automobiles and ships increased by 20.3 and 67.7 percent respectively.

"In the second half of the year, China's foreign trade development faces a complex landscape. The main challenges include unstable growth in external demand, uncertainties regarding the extent and sustainability of inventory restocking in major markets, and increasing disruptions from geopolitical issues, trade barriers, and shipping costs. These factors contribute to a high level of uncertainty for enterprises in terms of order placement and fulfillment," said He.

He said that the Ministry of Commerce will further leverage the comprehensive effectiveness of foreign trade stabilization policies to effectively assist enterprises in overcoming difficulties, continuously cultivate new momentum for foreign trade, and fully promote the improvement of the quality and volume of foreign trade quality.

China's trade in goods remains stable in May: spokesman

China's trade in goods remains stable in May: spokesman

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