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Senior official urges 'most broad-based' cross-Strait exchanges

CHINA'S top political advisor Jia Qinglin today called for the "most broad-based" exchanges and cooperation between the mainland and Taiwan for the peaceful development of cross-Strait ties.

"We should promote the cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation to the most broad-based spheres and to the grassroots level, and encourage the involvement of the public to the most extensive extent," said Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Jia made the remarks while addressing the Straits Forum which opened in southeastern coastal city of Xiamen yesterday.

"To promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations under the new circumstances, the most important work should be on promoting the mass exchanges between the compatriots and cooperation among different circles from both sides," he said.

The Chinese mainland will soon send its businesses in various industries to visit Taiwan to discuss investment plans amid efforts to help the island cope with the global economic downturn, the mainland's Taiwan affairs chief WangYi said today.

Meanwhile, the mainland will encourage Taiwan businesses to expand market on the mainland and participate in the mainland's construction of infrastructure and key projects, said Wang, director of the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, at a centerpiece conference of the Straits Forum that opened in the southeastern city of Xiamen yesterday.


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