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KMT official asks China to be considerate

The China Post news staff--A top official with the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) recently called for mainland Chinese to be a little more considerate to Taiwanese people and become understanding friends with them, as the latter are hoping to feel more respect and goodwill from mainland China.

Vice Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu of the KMT, who is concurrently deputy speaker of the Legislative Yuan, issued the call when speaking on Sunday at the opening ceremony of the fourth Strait Forum held in Xiamen City of Fujian province in southeastern China and attended by delegates from both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

Hung continued that "bleak winds would make people closely pull their clothes to stave off cold, and only warm sunshine would make people open their hearts to share the sunlight," and therefore "we hope Chinese friends can be more considerate to Taiwanese people."

The KMT's only female vice chairperson said that people in Taiwan and mainland China are willing to engage in exchanges with great sincerity and build friendship, so as to ease confrontation and estrangement between both sides and lay a solid foundation for cross-strait peace.

She stressed that both sides of the Taiwan Strait should be passionate and friendly to each other and take a pragmatic and rational attitude toward settling issues. As long as both sides do more to improve cross-strait ties, a more positive and constructive cross-strait development model shall be established, Hung added.

In response, Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultation Conference, said on the same occasion that both sides should come up with more policies to facilitate and deepen cross-strait exchanges between private sectors.

Jia also expressed the hope that the mainland and Taiwan would step up negotiations concerning cross-strait service and trade cooperation, vowing to encourage more Chinese enterprises to invest in Taiwan. He also stressed more cross-strait cooperation in the fields and culture and education.

In fact, Director Wang Yi of Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office announced at the Strait Forum a spate of new measures benefiting people from Taiwan in stepped-up interchanges across the Strait, include offering equal employment opportunities to Taiwanese people and extending the maximum validity of Taiwan residents' travel permits to the mainland to two years, increasing the number of mainland cities eligible to issue visas to people from Taiwan upon landing, boosting agricultural imports from Taiwan, and offering 600 billion Chinese yuan in loans to Taiwanese enterprises seeking to develop and expand their business operations in China in the next three to four years.

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