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Common language plea after Strait talks

ADOPTING the same Chinese-language technical terms and promoting cultural exchanges and educational cooperation was advocated by delegates from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan at a forum in Changsha in Hunan Province yesterday.

A proposal issued at the end of the two-day Cross-Strait Economic, Trade and Culture Forum suggested scholars and researchers on both sides collaborate on standardizing scientific and other specialized Chinese terms and develop computer software that translates traditional Chinese characters into simplified form and vice versa.

Mandarin Chinese is commonly used in the mainland and Taiwan, but their colloquial speech is different. Taiwan uses traditional Chinese characters, while the mainland uses a simplified version.

The traditional form is also used in Hong Kong and Macau special administration regions and overseas Chinese communities.

The proposal urged both sides to "gradually reduce the differences" between traditional and simplified Chinese characters.

It also encouraged and supported intercollegiate communication and cooperation between mainland and Taiwan universities.


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