Beijing: China has proposed more measures to deepen economic and cultural ties with Taiwan to improve cross-strait relations and bring down political mistrust between the Chinese mainland and Taipei, which Beijing asserts is part of its territory.
Past four years have marked a milestone in the progress of the cross-strait relationship, as the situation was the most peaceful during this period, Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People`s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), speaking at the 8th Cross-Straits Economic, Trade and Culture Forum being held in the Chinese city of Harbin on Saturday.
Jia said the cross-strait relationship should develop on the basis of political mutual trust, which seeks common ground while shelving differences.
Jia, also a member of the Standing Committee of the political bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said Taiwanese compatriots explicitly expressed their desires to maintain a stable cross-strait relationship, continue negotiations and expand exchanges.
The Taiwanese compatriots` choice to support the peaceful development of the cross-strait relationship proves that peaceful development is an appropriate track that should be followed, Xinhua quoted him as saying.
A visiting delegation headed by Wu Poh-Hsiung, honorary chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) Party, attended the opening ceremony of the forum.
Taiwan remained independent after the formation of People Republic of China, (PRC) in 1949 while China asserts that it is part of it and promoted several economic and trade measures including a free trade treaty to improve people-to-people relations in recent years.