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China take on ROC investment the same post blast

TAIPEI -- China's Taiwan Affairs Office (國台辦) chief has said the policy of supporting the development of Taiwanese businesses in China remains unchanged, but reminded enterprises to take safety issues seriously after a metal dust explosion in early August in Kunshan (崑山), Jiangsu province (江蘇省) that killed 75 people.

Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) made clear the support in a telephone conversation Thursday with Kuo Shan-hui (郭山輝), chairman of the Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland (台企聯), the Taiwanese business organization said in a statement released the following day.

Kuo said the top Chinese official in charge of Taiwan affairs told him that the Kunshan accident is a warning not just to Taiwanese enterprises but to all in China that safe production is more important than anything else.

While expressing hope that the association will strengthen its services, guiding Taiwanese businesses in China to operate according to the law, Zhang said he recognizes Taiwanese enterprises' contributions to the promotion of cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges and to China's economic and social development, the statement said.

“Our policy of supporting Taiwan-funded enterprises' development in China will not be changed, and we will continue to pay attention to the development of Taiwan-funded businesses in Kunshan,” Zhang said.

The Taiwanese business association said Zhang telephoned Kuo after receiving a letter from the association in which its members complained of a directive by the Kunshan city authorities after the Aug. 2 dust explosion that all plants in the city that emit dust must halt operations for safety management checks. The members said the forced shutdown has affected their production.

The explosion in an industrial zone occurred at an aluminum alloy wheel hub polishing factory run by Zhongrong Metal Products Co., a Taiwan invested company. The accident also left more than 180 people injured.

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