Mon, March 21, 2011
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Mainland chief negotiator calls for enhanced cross-Strait exchanges

2011-03-21 13:53:19 GMT2011-03-21 21:53:19(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chen Yunlin (L), president of Chinese mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS), meets with former Kaohsiung County chief Yang Chiu-hsing (R), in Beijing, capital of China, March 21, 2011. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)

Chen Yunlin (R), president of Chinese mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS), meets with former Kaohsiung County chief Yang Chiu-hsing (L), in Beijing, capital of China, March 21, 2011. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)

Chen Yunlin (2nd R), president of Chinese mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS), meets with former Kaohsiung County chief Yang Chiu-hsing (2nd L), in Beijing, capital of China, March 21, 2011. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)

BEIJING, March 21 (Xinhua) -- Chen Yunlin, the Chinese mainland's chief negotiator with Taiwan, called for enhanced exchanges between the two sides when he met with a politician from the island on Monday.

During a meeting with former Kaohsiung county chief Yang Chiu-hsing, Chen, president of the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS), said enhancing exchanges between various sectors between the two sides is important for the peaceful development of cross-Strait ties.

The ARATS would continue to promote exchanges and cooperation with Taiwan, including its southern region, to help ordinary people on the island benefit from the improving cross-Strait relations, he said.

Yang said the island's southern region lags behind the north in economic development, but the southern region still has unique advantages in farming products and tourism, which means potentials in exporting more agricultural products to the mainland while attracting more mainland tourists.

He hoped the mainland could step up cooperation with the south.

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