November 14th, 2007 07:52 EST
All efforts for peace across Taiwan Strait welcome
China's mainland welcomes all positive efforts to promote peace across the Taiwan Strait, Fan Liqing, the new spokeswoman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, told a press conference in Beijing Wednesday.
"Positive efforts by any people and any party in Taiwan for opposing 'Taiwan independence' and promoting peaceful development of cross-strait ties are appreciated and encouraged," she said.
Peace and development should be the main themes for cross-strait relations, the official stressed, in reply to a question on the recent advertisement published in Taiwan-based media by Robert Tsao, chairman of Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp.
The spokeswoman told the press conference that the mainland has always promoted bilateral financial exchange and cooperation.
To date, mainland authorities have given approval to two Taiwan-funded life insurance companies and one Taiwan-funded property insurance firm to operate on the mainland. Also, 14 Taiwan-based insurance companies have been allowed to open 17 offices on the mainland, the official said.
Mainland considers resuming natural sand exports to Taiwan
The Chinese mainland is considering resuming natural sand exports to Taiwan, according to a mainland spokeswoman in Beijing on Wednesday.
"Chinese mainland is considering resuming the exports of natural sand to Taiwan and welcomes Taiwan's non-governmental organizations to negotiate with the mainland," said Fan Liqing, spokeswoman of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council at the regular press conference.
Mainland returns letters postmarked "Taiwan's entry into UN" to Taiwan
The Chinese mainland has returned all the letters and parcels postmarked so-called "Taiwan's entry into the United Nations" to Taiwan as long as they were discovered, said mainland spokeswoman.
Recently, the Taiwan authority has instigated the Taiwan's post company to stamp postmark of "Taiwans' entry into the U.N." on letters and parcels to preach "Taiwan independence".
Chinese mainland to resume sand exports to Taiwan
The Chinese mainland will resume the export of natural sand to Taiwan "as soon as possible," according to the Ministry of Commerce.
A group of non-governmental organizations from Taiwan have held "very good" talks with the mainland's relevant departments about the issue, said Tang Wei, an official with the ministry in charge of trade affairs between the mainland and Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, at the regular press conference of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.
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