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China issues package to boost cross-straits ties

China on Saturday announced a new package of policies to promote economic and trade relations with Taiwan.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 17:27 IST

China on Saturday announced a new package of policies to promote economic and trade relations with Taiwan.

Chen Yunlin, director of the Taiwan Works Office, made the announcement at the end of the two-day Cross-Straits Economic and Trade Forum.

It is widely seen as a step the mainland has taken to boost cross-strait exchanges and cooperation with Taiwan compatriots.

The package comprises three sets of policies directly stipulated by the State Council and 13 others formulated by relevant central government departments.

The three sets of State Council policies are as follows:

To add four species in a list of Taiwan-grown fruits, which currently have 18 species, for Taiwan exporters.

To adopt a zero-tax on imports of 11 kinds of vegetables produced by Taiwan farmers.

To allow more imports of Taiwan's aquatic products, with zero-tax on some of the products, and allow Taiwan fishing boats to enjoy equal policies as their mainland counterparts for selling their own products.

Under the other new policies, three more cross-straits agricultural cooperation pilot zones will be set up in the mainland cities of Foshan and Zhanjiang, in the southern province of Guangdong, and Yulin, in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Secondly, the mainland's federation of supply and marketing cooperatives will help organise mainland farm-products dealers to visit Taiwan for group procurements, during the peak seasons of fruit harvest.

Also, a special marketing centre will be set up in Xiamen City, in the south-eastern province of Fujian, to reduce the cost for Taiwan's fruit imports.