China News Service, Beijing, February 25th: Title: Chinese New Year Friendship with Taiwanese Businessmen: Optimistic about Mainland China’s Prospects, Cross-Strait Economic and Trade “Cannot and Will Not Be Broken”

  Author Zhu He

  "Many Taiwanese businessmen, like me, have been deeply involved in the mainland market for decades, and they have become 'like a fish in water, with full harvest'; now as the mainland's economic development enters a new stage, we should take advantage of the situation and seize new opportunities." On the 24th, Taiwan's National Taiwan Guo Shanhui, honorary president of the Federation of Enterprises, said this when sharing his hard work experience with reporters from China News Service in Beijing.

  On the same day, about 200 guests from both sides of the Taiwan Strait, including Guo Shanhui, attended the 2024 "Celebrating Lantern Festival and Reunion" Taiwanese businessmen networking event organized by the Taiwan Affairs Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.

Many Taiwanese businessmen expressed their optimism about the mainland's economic prospects and hoped to closely follow the "pulse" of policies to explore business opportunities. Many Taiwanese businessmen have shifted from the coast to the central and western regions. When it comes to economic cooperation, they believe that cross-strait economic and trade integration "cannot and will not be interrupted." .

  Guo Shanhui observed that in recent years many Taiwanese businessmen have expanded from the Pearl River Delta region of the mainland to the central and western regions, and believed that "this is the future trend."

  Delta Group, which "landed" in 1992, has been closely following the mainland's policy trends and has continued to benefit from them.

Hai Yingjun, chairman of the group, said that the company spent about 1.45 billion yuan to invest in the western manufacturing base in Chongqing at the end of last year. It plans to promote intelligent manufacturing based on big data and focus on the development of communications, automotive electronics and other related products; as of the end of last year, the company 91% of the electricity used by mainland outlets comes from renewable electricity, "which is a positive response to the 'double carbon' goal."

  Lin Shuren, a young Taiwanese, has been rooted in Daliangshan, Sichuan for many years. After receiving his doctorate from Peking University, he followed his father to grow olives in Liangshan Prefecture. From the first planting of 600 acres to the current 25,000 acres, it has increased the income of thousands of local farmers. .

Local villagers gave the olive oil developed by Lin and his son a Yi name - Muduhani, which means "flame".

Lin Shuren explained, “It is the cross-strait cooperation that ignites the hope of getting rich.”

  The development opportunities in the central and western regions of the mainland have also inspired Taiwan Qingguo, who also started a business in Sichuan and engaged in cross-strait exchanges, to promote "feelings".

In 2023, the entrepreneurial park where it is located will receive more than a thousand Taiwanese youth visitors, and an additional 22 Taiwanese companies will settle in the park.

Returning to Taiwan for the New Year this year, Guo Hongyang observed that many young people on the island wanted to visit the mainland.

He hopes that Taiwanese businessmen and youth who are pursuing their dreams in the mainland will use their energy to attract more young people on the island to join the mainland's development wave.

  When talking about cross-strait economic exchanges, Ding Kunhua, honorary president of the National Federation of Taiwan Enterprises, pointed out that cross-strait economic and trade is of great importance to Taiwan.

Taiwan was previously unable to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP). Now, as the agreement gradually advances, Taiwan will not only be unable to enjoy the economic development dividends it brings, but the stability of its import and export markets and supply chains will be affected.

  Many Taiwanese businessmen are more concerned about the prospects of the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA).

Guo Shanhui said that since ECFA came into effect in 2010, it has brought huge dividends to Taiwan's industry and commodity trade; once it is terminated, Taiwan's products will not only lose the mainland market, but the industry will also face high tariffs, and its competitive advantage will no longer be there.

  "Taiwan's business community is very much looking forward to the further implementation of ECFA, and we are also actively promoting the resumption of negotiations on cross-Strait trade in goods and trade in services agreements." Chairman of the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce Lai Cheng-yi said that he hopes that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait will maintain exchanges in economic, trade, culture and other fields under the "1992 Consensus".

  Chen Yimin, secretary-general of the Federation of Taiwan Industries, said that the mainland has a large market size, a complete supply chain and world-class infrastructure, demonstrating strong resilience; some of Taiwan's technologies are at the forefront of the world, such as semiconductors, precision machinery, and the industrial Internet.

There are vast opportunities for cooperation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, and integration brings not only win-win results, but also accumulation of goodwill, allowing both sides of the Taiwan Strait to embark on a peaceful path of joint development, and also bringing positive power to the world."

  "With more than 30 years of exchanges between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, we have already learned that we are part of you and you are part of me," said Li Honglan, a Taiwanese businessman who has been working in the mainland for decades. It won't break." (End)