Boao, China--Former Vice President Vincent Siew (???) on Friday met with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli (???) on the sidelines of the annual Boao Forum for Asia being held in the southern Chinese province of Hainan.
Siew is attending the March 23-26 event as the honorary chairman of the Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation.
During the meeting, Siew told Zhang that many Taiwanese businessmen are complaining that government agencies in China have turned cautious about promoting economic and business cooperation with Taiwan, due to cooling relations between the two sides.
He urged Zhang to encourage central-level ministries and local governments in China to continue to expand and strengthen exchanges and cooperation with Taiwanese companies, saying that cross-strait business should not be affected by short-term political factors.
At a time when cross-strait relations are going through a difficult period, the two sides should attach more importance to partnerships between their private sectors, he said.
Zhang, meanwhile, reiterated that the "1992 consensus" that adheres to the "one China principle" should continue to be the political foundation for cross-strait ties and that Beijing firmly opposes any pro-independence separatist forces in Taiwan.
He also stressed that Beijing will continue to deepen economic cooperation with Taiwan to promote the development of cross-strait relations.