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Cross-Straits Economic and Trade Forum opens in Xiamen
Updated: 2015-04-14

Cross-Straits Economic and Trade Forum opens in Xiamen

The 2015 Cross-Straits Economic and Trade Forum kicks off in Xiamen on April 12. [Photo/chinanews.com]

The 2015 Cross-Straits Economic and Trade Forum kicked off in Xiamen, Fujian province, on April 12. As an important event of the Xiamen Industry Expo, this year's forum was attended by Chen Deming, the president of the mainland-based Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits, and Lin Join-sane, the chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation, both of whom expressed their ideas on the cross-Straits cooperation.

Cross-Straits Economic and Trade Forum opens in Xiamen

Chen Deming, president of the mainland-based Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits [Photo/chinanews.com]

Chen pointed out that the mainland is now in the "new normal" era of slower but sustainable growth, which will bring both challenges and opportunities for Taiwan enterprises.

Chen also called on Taiwan to participate in the mainland’s Belt and Road Initiative and the future Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank programs and asked Taiwan authorities to facilitate the cross-Straits trade and investment.

Cross-Straits Economic and Trade Forum opens in Xiamen

Lin Join-sane, chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation [Photo/chinanews.com]

Lin agreed with Chen on facilitating the cross-Strait trade and investment and suggested both sides make joint efforts to achieve the regional economic integration. He also added that Taiwan should give priority to joining the regional economic organizations and development plans launched by the mainland.