A visiting delegation of US senators was yesterday told to spend more time on issues 'conducive to the stability of the Taiwan Strait'. Premier Wen Jiabao also urged the delegation to correctly understand and carefully handle the Taiwan issue. It was the third day in a row that such messages were conveyed to the group. Earlier statements came from President Hu Jintao and National People's Congress chairman Wu Bangguo . At the most recent meeting, Mr Wen reiterated that Taiwan was an inseparable part of China. Stressing the common interest between China and the United States, Mr Wen said harmonious Sino-US ties would benefit both countries and were conducive to peace, stability and development of the world. He also reiterated China's principled stance of safeguarding national unity and he expressed hope the US would contribute to the stability of cross-strait relations. The two countries should seize on all available opportunities to co-operate in areas such as human resources, capital and technology for the steady growth of bilateral trade, Mr Wen was quoted by Xinhua as saying. Headed by Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, the delegation of eight senators arrived in Beijing on Sunday for an eight-day visit.