Pledge on ties with Taipei
A SEMI-OFFICIAL Chinese body in charge of the promotion of exchanges across the Taiwan Strait has pledged to increase efforts this year to upgrade ties and co-operation, particularly in trade.
Chaired by a former Shanghai mayor, Mr Wang Daohan, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait convened in Beijing yesterday to review their work in the past year and endorse the work plan for 1993.
According to a China News Service report, it was agreed that the association should be more active and take the initiative in promoting exchanges and contacts across the strait.
The focus of work should be economic and trade co-operation, they said.
Those taking part included Mr Wang Zhaoguo, who is in charge of Taiwan affairs under the Communist Party and the State Council; Vice-Premier Mr Wu Xueqian; and Mr Rong Yiren, a vice-chairman of the National People's Congress.
The report said it was agreed to further develop links and co-operation with their Taiwan counterpart, the Strait Exchange Foundation, and other non-government bodies.
Problems arising over contacts between people on the mainland and the island should be dealt with accordingly, they said.
The legal rights of people across the strait should be protected, they added.
Formed in 1991, the association has made progress in facilitating the promotion of cross-strait relations and national reunification, they said.
- CHRIS YEUNG