TAIPEI (The China Post) – The annual Boao Forum for Asia will unfold on March 26-29 in Hainan province, China. Former vice president Vincent Siew (蕭萬長), who is the honorary chairman of the Cross-Strait Common Market Foundation (兩岸共同市場基金會), will attend the meeting and potentially meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) on March 27 to discuss the establishment of a “cross-strait common market.”
The three major topics of this year’s conference are: “Shared Future; Concerted Action; and Common Development.” According to various sources, Siew will head a delegation of 30 business and industrial representatives to attend the meeting on March 26.
Since the Second Session of the Thirteenth National People’s Congress just ended and China is in the middle of trade negotiations with the U.S., media reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) might not attend the forum this year.
Taiwan Affairs Office director Liu Jieyi (劉結一), Vice Director Pei Jinjia (裴金佳), the former head of the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, and the former president of Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits Chen Deming (陳德銘) will participate in the conference.
Among other highlights, commentators have been discussing whether Liu Jieyi will give a speech regarding practices on Taiwan this year or meet with Taiwanese delegates.
Premier Li Keqiang also announced during the two sessions that aside from the “Hui Tai 31” measures, of which the aim is to attract Taiwanese talents and business investment, there are other policies to benefit Taiwanese investors.
Aside from the newly revised “Foreign Investment Law,” Taiwanese investors are keeping a keen eye on whether more favorable measures will be announced during the Boao Forum.