NPC, CPPCC Annual Sessions
; BEIJING, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese political
advisors have called for accelerated efforts to build a "cross-strait economic
zone" covering Taiwan and the mainland's coastal provinces, which they said
would become a new engine of growth for the Chinese mainland and Taiwan.
Sources at the Central Committee of the Revolutionary
Committee of the Chinese Kuomingtang (RCCK) said the proposal would be submitted
to the Second Session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's
Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), which is due to open here Tuesday
The proposed economic zone would cover the southern
part of Zhejiang Province, eastern Guangdong, central and eastern Jiangxi, and
the entire Fujian Province and Taiwan.
Such an economic zone was in line with the trend of
economic globalization and regional integration, and was made possible by the
warming ties across the Taiwan Straits, according to the RCCK sources. RCCK is
one of the eight non-Communist parties in China.
According to the proposal, the economic zone would
fuel the economic development in Taiwan and the mainland's coastal regions, and
become another engine of economic growth, just as other major economic zones in
China such as the Yangtze River Delta, the Zhujiang River Delta, the Beibu Bay
and the Bohai Rim Economic Zones.
The RCCK proposed that the "cross-strait economic
zone" should enter the national economic development plan as a major strategy.
It proposed both two sides on the Taiwan Straits to
promote economic cooperation and division of labor through dialogues, and to set
up inter-city links between Wenzhou, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Quanzhou and Shantou on the
mainland, with Taiwan's Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung, and Tainan, in the pursuit
of mutual benefits and development.
The RCCK also called for stepped-up support to the
economic zone on the western side of the Taiwan Straits, which included the
coastal cities of Xiamen, Zhangzhou, Quanzhou and Fuzhou on the mainland, by
offering more favorable policies and funding, and speeding up traffic
According to the Ministry of Commerce, the trade
volume between the mainland and Taiwan in the first 11 months of 2008 reached
122billion U.S. dollars, an 8.4 percent rise year-on-year.