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Hubei Governor arrives in Taiwan

2012/05/07 23:15:46

Taipei, May 7 (CNA) Visiting Hubei Province Governor Wang Guosheng called on two honorary chairmen of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Monday.

Wang, who headed a 100-member delegation from the central China province, arrived earlier in the day for an eight-day visit. The delegation included Dongfeng Motor Co. Chairman Xu Ping and Deng Qilin, general manager of Wuhan Iron and Steel.

KMT Honorary Chairman Lien Chan noted that Taiwan and China have held seven rounds of cross-strait talks and reached 16 agreements and two consensuses.

The signing of a major trade pact, the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, in 2010, is especially significant, Lien said.

Another KMT Honorary Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung said that both sides should seek common ground and put aside differences, adding that when the "common ground" increases, the possibility of solving the "differences" will be higher.

For Wang's part, he said the substantive changes that took place in cross-strait relations over the past years have not come easily, adding more exchanges will enhance bilateral understanding.

A Taiwan-Hubei week will open in Taipei Tuesday morning and in the afternoon, there will be a cross-strait equipment manufacturing and automobile industry cooperation forum.

On Wednesday, Wang is scheduled to visit Hsinchu, before proceeding to Taichung, Tainan and Changhua County.

Wang said before his departure from Wuhan, capital of Hubei, that he wanted to go to every part of Taiwan, talking to school students as well as visiting farmers' homes to see their lives himself, according to the United Daily News.

(By Lee Shu-hua, Ku Chung-sheng and Lilian Wu)