|Chen Deming(R), president of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), meets with Lin Join-sane, chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation, who led a media delegation in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 13, 2013. (Xinhua/Chen Yehua)
BEIJING, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- A senior mainland official on Tuesday called for enhanced cross-strait media cooperation in order to boost cross-strait relations.
Chen Deming, president of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), made the call while meeting with a Taiwanese media delegation led by Lin Join-sane, chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF).
Chen applauded the efforts that cross-strait media have made in promoting mutual communication, as well as the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.
The cross-strait service trade agreement, which was signed by the two sides at the ninth round of cross-strait talks held in June this year, is a mutually beneficial agreement and will integrate Taiwan's service industry into mainland's broader market, Chen said.
According to the agreement, the Chinese mainland will open 80 service-based sectors to Taiwan, while Taiwan will open 64 sectors to the mainland.
The delegation is on a six-day visit to Beijing and Liaoning Province.
ARATS and SEF are authorized by the mainland and Taiwan, respectively, to handle cross-strait affairs.