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Wen urges Taiwan to face the future together

PREMIER Wen Jiabao yesterday called on the Chinese mainland and Taiwan to "discard past enmity and face the future" to tackle the financial crisis and seek common prosperity.

Wen made the remarks when meeting with Fredrick Chien, chief advisor of Taiwan's Cross-Strait Common Market Foundation, on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia.

"Under the present severe international economic situation, compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should firmly adhere to the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, face the future, discard past enmity, and join hands and move forward with close cooperation," Wen said.

He told Chien that the mainland had approved concrete measures to promote cross-strait economic cooperation and tackle the financial crisis together with Taiwan.

The mainland will promote investment in Taiwan, encourage mainlanders to visit the island, make more purchases of Taiwan goods and encourage Taiwan enterprises to tap the mainland market, he said.

The premier said the two sides should negotiate to set up an economic cooperation mechanism that serves the demand of cross-strait growth.

The mainland hopes Taiwan will take measures to facilitate mainland enterprises' investment on the island and open its market to mainland products, Wen said.

"We hope cross-strait relations will see continuous peaceful development and the two sides can enjoy common prosperity," the premier told Chien.

"We have such a hope with an eye to seeking the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation," Wen stressed.

Chien said he completely agrees with the proposition on peaceful development of cross-strait relations, which he believes is welcomed by most people in Taiwan.


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