Taipei, April 11 (CNA) The magistrate of Taiwan's outlying island county of Kinmen on Friday suggested that a meeting between top negotiators of Taiwan and China
could be held there next year, to improve Kinmen's visibility. Li Wo-shi made the suggestion when meeting with Deng Chen-chung, a minister without portfolio. Li also asked for more support from the central government for Kinmen's development. Besides hosting the meeting between the heads of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation and China
's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, which take place every six months in Taiwan and China
alternatively, Li also expressed the hope of setting up a free economic zone in Kinmen and streamlining procedures for Chinese visitors traveling to the outlying county. The county lies closer to mainland China
than to Taiwan. With the improvement in ties between Taiwan and China
, it has tried to attract more Chinese tourists. Li on Friday also brought up issues of sourcing water and electricity from China
during the meeting with Deng.
Deng said he will help the county negotiate with ministries over Kinmen's proposals, and pledged to work with the local government to improve the conditions to attract new residents. (By Chen Shou-gow and Kay Liu)