Xiamen, China, June 17 (CNA) Taiwanese people hope to feel respect and goodwill from China rather than the lure of its growing competitiveness, said ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Deputy Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu in the Chinese city of Xiamen Sunday.
Hung, who is also a deputy legislative speaker, called for more understanding and warmth from China to Taiwan when she spoke at the main plenary session of the fourth Cross Taiwan Strait Forum held in the city.
According to the event's website, the forum, first held in 2009, is aimed at promoting exchanges of "the general public" and enhancing cooperation across the Taiwan Strait.
While Taiwanese people hope to see progress and better development in China, respect from China is more important, Hung said.
Meanwhile, Jia Qinglin, chairman of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference said during a keynote speech at the same event that China will try to better grasp the needs of the Taiwanese public, especially those in small and medium-sized enterprises and the agricultural sector.
China will encourage more interaction between young people on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, will provide more incentives for Taiwanese students to study, and will create a better employment environment for Taiwanese people in the mainland, Jia added.
The annual forum, being held in China's Fujian Province from June 16-22 is jointly organized by 68 groups, including 32 from Taiwan, according to Zheng Lizhong, deputy head of the Taiwan Affairs Office under the China's State Council.
(By Chen Hung-chin and Kay Liu)