Shanghai, Feb. 14 (CNA) The head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council Wang Yu-chi said at a forum in China on Friday that people from different backgrounds should accept their differences and respect each other.
Speaking at a Shanghai school for children of Taiwanese businessmen, Wang also said his current visit to Jiangsu Province is aimed at building mutual understanding between Taiwan and China.
He said that when he was studying abroad, he built relationships with people from different cultures and learned that misunderstandings among people can be caused by cultural differences. "Accepting differences and respecting each other" is a concept that is easy for people to understand but is difficult to put into practice, Wang said.
At the forum, Hector Yeh, chairman of a Taiwanese businessmen association in Shanghai, suggested that Taiwan's government increase subsidies to the school and maintain state benefits for Taiwanese teachers employed there.
If the Taiwan government helps to address problems at such schools in China, it will pave the way for more Taiwanese professionals to work in China, Yeh said.
During the forum, teachers at the school raised the issue of obtaining National Health Insurance reimbursement for medical treatment in China. Meanwhile, representatives of the student body asked that Taiwan increase its university enrollment quotas for children of China-based Taiwan businessmen.
In response, Wang said he will bring the various issues to the attention of the relevant government agencies in Taiwan. Wang, who is visiting Nanjing and Shanghai Feb. 11-14, has held two meetings with his Chinese counterpart Zhang Zhijun, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office, and was scheduled to return home on Friday.
(By Eva Feng and Evelyn Kao)