Taiwan and the Mainland have agreed to make it easier for local news organizations to open offices on both sides of the Taiwan Strait amid a continued warming of relations.
John Chiang, vice chairman of the Kuomintang, Taiwan’s ruling party, said at the end of a two-day forum in Changsha, a city in the southern mainland province of Hunan, that there may also be increased cooperation on studying climate change and on the exchange of climate-monitoring technology to improve weather forecasting.
The two sides also agreed to support the expansion of Taiwanese businesses on the Mainland to help them battle the effects of the global recession. The accord was reached at the fifth round of annual talks that have helped ease tensions between Taiwan and the Mainland.
John Chinag said Taiwanese companies should "adjust their development and marketing strategies amid the global financial crisis to take advantage of China’s emerging hinterland regions and its strategy to boost domestic demand."
The official Xinhua News Agency cited Minister for Culture Cai Wu as saying Taiwan’s entertainment industry will also gain greater access to the Mainland market. Taiwanese will be allowed to run performance venues on the Mainland through ventures with local companies or by funding venues themselves.
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Andrew Yang, secretary-general of the Taipei-based Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies, said, "Taiwan’s entertainment industry is targeting the mainland because they consider it as a potential market to earn money. Many Chinese authorities may see the development as an opportunity to spread Beijing’s influence."
Blooomberg reports that ties between the Mainland and Taiwan have improved significantly since the KMT’s Ma Ying-jeou took office in May and dropped the pro-independence stance of predecessor Chen Shui-bian.