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Thousands of Taiwan compatriots gather in Straits Forum to boost exchanges

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Thousands of Taiwan compatriots gather in Straits Forum to boost exchanges

2024-06-16 10:48 Last Updated At:11:07

A signal of friendship has been delivered through a major event dedicated to people-to-people exchanges -- the Straits Forum that has entered its 16th year.

More than 7,000 Taiwan compatriots have gathered in the coastal city of Xiamen, east China's Fujian Province, for the forum which opened on Friday.

Approximately 50 events are scheduled to be held across various cities in the province, which is situated just across the Strait from the Taiwan region.

Wang Huning, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, addressed the opening session of the forum.

"The Straits Forum has been successfully held by overcoming many challenges in recent years. This fully demonstrates that the blood ties between compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait cannot be severed by any force," said Wang.

He noted that no matter how the situation changes, the fact that both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one China cannot be denied, and the trend of national reunification is irreversible.

Wang urged Taiwan compatriots to resolutely oppose separatism and external interference, and safeguard regional peace and stability.

He also met with Sean Lien, vice chairman of the Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) Party, and some Taiwan entrepreneurs prior to the opening session of the Forum.

"When you engage in conversation, people can get to know each other and talk about different ideas. I think this is what the forum is all about. It is very important that we have this chance so we can communicate with each other," said Lien.

"Meeting with Chairman Wang has further strengthened our confidence in developing in the mainland. We must choose the right path and keep moving forward. We must encourage more young people in Taiwan, especially those who have never been to the mainland, to come and take a look," said young entrepreneur named Li Wei-kuo running business in the mainland.

The participants from Taiwan represent multiple political parties and are from various sectors. Many have vowed the importance of communication across the Strait.

"The Straits Forum is becoming more diversified, with more activities of varied forms. It has more participants, especially young people from all sectors. I think this is a good trend," said Fan-Chiang Feng, vice chairman of Xiamen Taiwan Association.

People across the Taiwan Strait are jointly calling for national reunification. Many say compatriots on both sides of the strait should make joint efforts for national rejuvenation.

Thousands of Taiwan compatriots gather in Straits Forum to boost exchanges

Thousands of Taiwan compatriots gather in Straits Forum to boost exchanges

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Premier Li urges high-quality development to further deepen reform comprehensively

2024-07-22 22:24 Last Updated At:22:57

Chinese Premier Li Qiang has called for efforts to push forward high-standard opening-up and actively explore and innovate to motivate more momentum and vitality, so as to advance high-quality development in further deepening reform comprehensively.

Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks during a research trip to north China's Tianjin Municipality on Monday.

Li first visited the core area of the Tiankai Higher Education Innovation Park, where he learned about the park's construction and operation, and had talks with researchers and heads of sci-tech financial institutions as well as start-ups.

Saying that the key to fostering new growth drivers and developing new quality productivity lies in reform and innovation, Li underlined staying focused on integrated development of sci-tech innovation and industrial innovation, therefore building a more efficient and attractive sci-tech innovation platform.

He called for more support for small and medium-sized sci-tech firms and incentives for sci-tech personnel in terms of policies and funding, so as to promote the application of scientific and technological advances, and accelerate the development of new quality productivity.

The park, inaugurated in May, was established through the collaboration of Tianjin-based top-notched universities including Tianjin University and Nankai University.

Li then visited the branch of the world-leading elevator manufacturer Otis and CDHorizon, a world's top integrated equipment operation service provider, in the Binhai New Area.

Li urged efforts to make good use of policies for supporting the large renewal of equipment and to support enterprises in promoting the new application of artificial intelligence, so that more enterprises and products with core competitiveness can compete to emerge.

The premier also highlighted innovative use of financial leasing and other financial instruments, thus better serving the real economy.

Li called on the Binhai New Area to take the lead in better stimulating impetus and vitality in deepening reform, underlining the reform in institutions and mechanisms of the pilot free trade zone, financial innovation and development, and high-level opening up to the outside world.

Li also emphasized the need to accelerate the integrated development of ports, industries and cities by leveraging strengths and characteristics, in order to integrate resources and enhance their role in promoting the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

Fully acknowledging Tianjin's achievements in socio-economic development, Li expressed his hope that the municipality will forge ahead and constantly scale new heights in promoting high-quality development.

Premier Li urges high-quality development to further deepen reform comprehensively

Premier Li urges high-quality development to further deepen reform comprehensively

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