Thursday 14 September 2023 - 03:37

China Releases New Measures for Taiwan

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China Releases New Measures for Taiwan
China views that the island is part of its territory and relations have soured since Taiwan's independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen came to power in 2016.

Ties drifted further as coronavirus curbs gummed up trade and other exchanges during the pandemic.

The document jointly issued Tuesday by the ruling Communist Party’s Central Committee and the State Council consists of more than 20 “opinions” for laying a “new path towards integrated development” between Taiwan and the culturally similar mainland province of Fujian.

They include making it easier for Taiwanese people to live, work, study and do business in Fujian, as well as encouragement for companies in the province to hire staff from Taiwan.

They also call for the coastal city of Xiamen to speed up integration with Kinmen and Matsu, two groups of islands that lie just a few miles off the coast of mainland China but are governed by Taiwan.

“Solving the Taiwan issue and realizing the complete reunification of the motherland is the unswerving historical task of the Chinese Communist Party... and the inevitable requirement for realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” Tuesday's document said.

Earlier on Monday, Taiwan reported China's Shandong carrier – one of two in Beijing’s fleet – around 60 nautical miles southeast of the island as it sailed into the Western Pacific.