Jia Qinglin, member of the Standing
Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party of China and chairman of the National Committee of the
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), delivers a
speech during the opening ceremony of the third cross-Taiwan Strait
economic, trade and cultural forum at the Great Hall of the People in
Beijing, capital of China, April 28, 2007. The forum kicked off on
Saturday. (Xinhua Photo/Xing Guangli)
Photo taken on April 28, 2007 shows a
view of the opening ceremony of the third cross-Taiwan Strait economic,
trade and cultural forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing,
capital of China. The forum kicked off on Saturday. (Xinhua Photo/Pang
BEIJING, April 28 (Xinhua) -- China's top political
advisor Jia Qinglin on Saturday called for further efforts to improve direct
transport services between the mainland and Taiwan.
Jia said the mainland hopes civil aviation and
shipping organizations across the Taiwan Strait will pursue consultations on the
Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, made the remark in a speech
at the opening ceremony of a cross-Strait forum on economic, trade and cultural
Direct transport links between the Chinese mainland
and Taiwan were cut off after the civil war in the late 1940s.
After years of negotiations, progress has been made
in re-establishing direct transportation between the mainland and Taiwan.
In 2001, Fujian Province opened a direct ferry
service with Jinmen and Mazu in Taiwan. In 2006, a third direct shipping route
was opened between Fujian's Quanzhou and Jinmen.
In 2005, airline companies on the mainland and in
Taiwan began operating non-stop charter flights across the Taiwan Strait for
major traditional Chinese holidays.
Jia said passengers, airline companies and the
economy all stood to gain from weekend and regular charter flights. He called on
civil aviation organizations across the Straits to look for solutions as soon as
He also expressed the hope that directs shipping
routes operated between Fujian's coastal cities and Jinmen and Mazu would be
expanded to other ports across the Taiwan Strait.
Jia, a member of the Standing Committee of the
Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, also urged Taiwan authorities to
make positive efforts to promote tourism and allow mainland tourists to visit
The Chinese mainland removed the travel ban on
mainland residents to Taiwan in May 2005, in order to expand people-to-people
contacts and help boost Taiwan's tourism industry.
Since October 2006, non-governmental tourism
organizations on the mainland and in Taiwan have conducted five rounds of talks
and reached consensus on major technical issues, but no final agreement has been
Jia said he hoped the Taiwan authorities will "follow
the will of the people and adopt a practical and positive attitude" in solving
the remaining problems relating to cross-Straits travel.
"Mainland residents traveling to Taiwan are not
taking country-to-country trips," he said.
"If Taiwan authorities sincerely support the
consensus reached between the non-governmental tourism organizations on both
sides of the strait, Taiwan routes for mainland tourists can soon be up and
running," Jia said.
Jia also warned against the "escalating danger" of
"Taiwan independence", saying it was "the most serious, dangerous and urgent
problem threatening peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits."
He said the leaders of the Democratic Progressive
Party, Taiwan's ruling party, insisted on the radical policy of "Taiwan
independence" and kept provoking the mainland with secessionist remarks and
Jia reiterated that the Chinese mainland will
continue to show the greatest sincerity and exert the greatest efforts to
promote the peaceful development of cross-strait relations and achieve peaceful
"But we will never tolerate 'Taiwan independence'.
And never will we allow anyone to separate Taiwan from China by any means," Jia
"We have the will, the capacity and the resources to
contain 'Taiwan independence' as well as any serious 'Taiwan independence'
incidents," Jia said.
Jia recalled the landmark meeting between CPC Central
Committee General Secretary Hu Jintao and then Kuomintang Chairman Lien Chanin
April 2005, saying that the consensus of peaceful development they reached
reflects the common aspiration of people across the Straits.
To achieve this aspiration, Jia said compatriots
across the Strait should stand firmly against "Taiwan independence".
Also on Saturday, KMT Honorary Chairman Lien Chan
urged Taiwan authorities to open negotiations to boost cross-strait ties.
He said the Democratic Progressive Party is seeking
"political confrontation, economic confinement and military competition" in
handling cross-strait relations.
He said the ruling party is also trying to cut Taiwan
off from Chinese culture and the Chinese nation, which has caused social
conflict, party confrontation and public confusion.
Such moves have also undermined Taiwan's economy,
weakened Taiwan's competitiveness, harmed Taiwan people's interests and
seriously affected peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, Lien said.
He said Taiwan and the mainland should sign a peace
agreement through negotiations based on the principle of the '1992 Consensus'.
The "1992 Consensus" struck by the CPC and the
then-incumbent KMT endorses the one-China principle.
About 500 participants from the mainland and Taiwan
are attending the current cross-strait forum, jointly hosted by the CPC and the
Participants will exchange views on issues including
direct flights across the Taiwan Strait and educational and tourism cooperation.
Hu Jintao met with Lien Chan before the two-day forum
started Saturday morning at the Great Hall of the People.
Hu Jintao calls for closer exchanges
to maintain peace across Taiwan Strait
Hu Jintao (2nd, R), general secretary of
the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, shakes hands with
one of the participants attending the third cross-Taiwan Strait economic,
trade and cultural forum, while KMT Honorary Chairman Lien Chan (1st, R)
looks, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, April
28, 2007. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)
BEIJING, April 28 (Xinhua) -- China's top leader Hu Jintao
Saturday called for closer personnel, economic and cultural exchanges between
the mainland and Taiwan to curb Taiwan secessionist activities and maintain
peace across the Taiwan Strait.
Hu, general secretary of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party of China (CPC), made the remark in meeting with participants
attending the third cross-Strait economic, trade and cultural forum at the Great
Hall of the People.
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