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Hu-Lien meeting raises hope for cross-Straits relations
Updated: 2005-04-30 22:35

The five aspects of work, outlined in a press communique issued after the Hu-Lien meeting, include promoting the earlier restoration of cross-Straits talks, the formal end of the state of hostility across the Straits, all-round economic cooperation and trade across the Straits, the discussions about Taiwan's participation in international activities, and the establishment of a platform for regular exchanges between the two parties.

"The two sides across the Straits should step into a virtuous cycle of cooperation, rather than slump into a vicious cycle of confrontation," says the press communique.

Lien Chan and wife Lien Fang-yu applause on the welcoming ceremony held at Lien's primary school, Xi'an, April 30, 2005. [newsphoto] 
Anthony C.A. Wong, president of Hong Kong Region China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification, said the Friday meeting opened "a gate of hope" to the Taiwan business community. If the consensus reached during the meeting can be put into practice, it will be a stimulus for Taiwan enterprises and help push the Taiwan economy on a sound development track.

Suen Cheung Mou, general director of the Alumni Association of Huang Pu Military Academy of Hong Kong, said he felt "the warm air of spring" from the meeting.
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