Beijing’s Taiwan policy still focused on trade: MAC report


TAIPEI — China’s policy on Taiwan will continue to focus mainly on trade and economic exchanges this year while stressing stability at home and energy partnerships with other countries abroad, according to a report on China by the Mainland Affairs Council.

The mainland’s main priorities on Taiwan this year will still be to strengthen trade relations and promote follow-up negotiations on the economic cooperation framework agreement, said the council, the Taiwanese agency responsible for coordinating the country’s China policy, in its first quarter report on China. Beijing will also try to promote cross-Taiwan Strait financial and industrial cooperation and encourage and conditionally support Chinese enterprises investing in Taiwan, the report said. The council also expected China to expand cultural exchanges with Taiwan, strengthen exchanges with all of Taiwan’s political parties, and send more senior Chinese officials to visit. The report also foresaw major changes on China’s political and social fronts this year. Politically, the removal of Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai for “violations of party discipline” has undermined conservative forces and could affect the lineup of new leaders chosen at the 18th National Communist Party Congress later this year, said the report, which also predicted that Beijing would promote moderate political changes. On the social front, factors contributing to instability remain, including tensions in Tibet and Xinjiang that have continued unabated, the report said, citing self-immolations and protests in Tibet.