Chen Yunlin invited to Taipei for forum
Updated: 2006-08-02 12:34 A cross-Strait forum on agricultural cooperation will be
held in Taipei this October, sources with the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party
of China (CPC) Central Committee, said here
Chen Yunlin (R), director of the
Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, talks with Tseng Yung-Chuan,
head of Taiwan's Kuomintang group in Beijing February 22, 2006.
A spokesman with the office told Xinhua that Chen Yunlin,
director of the Taiwan Work Office of the CPC Central Committee, is invited to
head a delegation for the forum. The 60-plus-member delegation will include
officials of this office, leaders of relevant trade associations and
agricultural companies, as well as some scholars.
According to the
spokesman, the forum will be jointly sponsored by a research center of this
office and a research fund of the Kuomintang party.
"enhancement of cross-Strait agricultural cooperation to realize a win-win
result", the forum will focus on three topics, namely, the opportunities and
challenges of the entry into the World Trade Organization, the ways of
cross-Strait cooperation in agriculture, and the problems and solutions for such
The spokesman said the forum is one of the inter-party
exchange programs in accordance with the consensus reached by the CPC and
Kuomintang last year.
"According to the reached consensus by the two
parties, Chinese mainland and Taiwan will in turn host the cross-Strait forums,"
the spokesman said, adding "Therefore, the agricultural forum this time will be
held in Taipei."
He noted that a cross-Strait economic and trade forum
was held in Beijing last April. The forum was originally scheduled to open in
Taipei last December, but was forced to change venue and time because of
obstruction of the Taiwan authorities.
The spokesman said the
compatriots across the Straits now share the same hope for peaceful and stable
development of cross-Strait ties. The forum caters to the people's aspiration
and focuses on the people's life.
"The Taiwan authorities should treat
the forum with an active attitude and offer necessary conveniences," he said,
stressing that the forum is expected to work out effective measures to solve the
current problems in the cross-Strait agricultural cooperation.
Taiwan authorities have reiterated its goal to revitalize the local economy in
recent days. A recent survey showed that most of Taiwan residents believe that a
sound economic relationship with the mainland is helpful to Taiwan, and the
Taiwan authorities should make efforts to this end.
"The upcoming forum
will bring benefit to the cross-Strait compatriots, especially farmers," the
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