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China striving to understand Taiwan's people: ex-official
Central News Agency
2014-06-12 10:22 PM
Taipei, June 12 (CNA) China has been striving to understand Taiwan's small businesses, people in the lower echelons of society and youths, a former Chinese official on Taiwan affairs said Thursday as he talked about a student-led movement against a controversial trade pact between the two sides. Sun Yafu, former deputy head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, insisted both sides should focus on the pursuit of peace across the Taiwan Strait despite the massive protests in Taiwan in March to oppose the trade-in-services agreement, including the occupation of government buildings and a rally at the Presidential Office that drew hundreds of thousands. Sun pointed out that China has been working to understand Taiwan's small- and medium-sized enterprises, people in the middle and lower income brackets, people from central and southern Taiwan, and the island's young people. He was speaking after a meeting with local think tank Taiwan Brain Trust's founder Koo Kuan-min and Chairman Wu Rong-i. Koo, a staunch advocate for Taiwan independence, exchanged ideas with Sun on cross-strait relations during the closed-door meeting, according to Sun. In spite of a huge gap on how the two men saw many issues, they saw eye-to-eye on a commitment to resolving their differences, boosting exchanges and minimizing misunderstanding, he said. China is concerned about the student-led movement against the pact, Sun said, and he and the two other participants at the meeting also explored its causes and far-reaching impacts. The agreement has been stalled in the Legislature since it was signed last June, due to disagreement between ruling and opposition parties, and public concerns that the pact will hurt Taiwan's small businesses and job opportunities if its service sector were opened to Chinese investors. (By Chou Yi-ling and Scully Hsiao)
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