Nov 17, 2017 Business & Finance Comments Off on MAC: Strengthen cross-strait economic cooperation
Mainland Affairs Council minister Katherine Chang says Taiwan and China should strengthen economic cooperation. Chang was speaking on Friday at the event "Symposium on Cross-Strait Economic and Trade Ties: Past, Present and Future."
Chang said cross-strait trade reached US$99.5 billion in the first nine months of this year. That represents growth of 18.9% from the same period last year and the figure is higher than Taiwan's overall overseas trade growth of 14.5%. Chang said cross-strait trade is clearly prospering and is important to Taiwan's economy.
Chang said, "Both Taiwan and China coincide on a number of common principles, including people's wellbeing, creativity, liberalization, digital economy, and inclusive development. Both sides can learn from each other and aim for harmonious development. With a win-win mindset and on the basis of mutual benefits, both sides can work to further expand and strengthen cooperation."
Chang also urged China to be inclusive as Taiwan hopes to be a part of regional economic integration. She said, "Negotiation is always a better antidote than confrontation. The Pacific Ocean is big enough to accommodate not only the US and China but also the member countries of APEC and their neighboring countries. In the future, Taiwan will actively seek participation in multilateral regional economic integration. It will also seek to sign bilateral economic cooperation pacts with relevant countries."
Chang said Taiwan will continue to show goodwill and flexibility in extending friendship to Beijing. She said she hopes both sides can work together to seek new modes of interaction.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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