Taipei, April 14 (CNA) Three landmark forums were held in China's Chengdu, Wuhan and Qingdao cities earlier this week to promote Taiwan's information and communication technology (ICT) were praised as being successsful by Taiwan's trade promotion body Saturday.
It was the first time that the semi-official Taiwan External Trade Development Council had held such events in China and they were deemed to be a success, a council employee told CNA.
The three forums attracted nearly 300 representatives from Chinese ICT companies, and were aimed at establishing networks, initiating business opportunities and promoting bilateral cooperation by introducing the present and future trends of Taiwan's ICT industry, according to the council.
At the forums, the council said it had urged Chinese companies and groups to visit or exhibit merchandise at four upcoming ICT-related shows in Taiwan, including Computex Taipei, the world's second largest ICT trade show, and the Taipei International Electronics Show.
China's Wuhan Kaidi Electric Power Co., whose annual revenue is about 10 billion Chinese yuan (US$1.59 billion), expressed its intention to exhibit at the shows, while other groups and firms expressed a willingness to visit the events, the council noted.
The council said it plans to hold similar forums in other cities in China, as it sees China as one of the most important growing markets for ICT opportunities.
Citing statistics by the United Nations, the council said that China has been the world's biggest ICT product exporter for many years, with an output of US$460 billion in 2010.
Moreover, China replaced the United States as the world's largest ICT product importer in 2010, with a total import amount of US$284.7 billion, it added.
(By James Lee)