Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has called for the acceleration of an economic zone on the western side of the Taiwan Strait.
In a three-day visit to the southeastern province of Fujian, Wen said the economic zone, centered on Fujian and facing Taiwan Island across the strait, had been long planned by the central government.
He said such an economic zone could make use of the currently peaceful ties across the Taiwan Strait to forge stronger economic cooperation for mutual benefits and development, and help tackle the challenges posed by the global financial crisis.
It would also contribute to the ignition of a new growth engine in China by capitalizing on Fujian’s comparative advantages, and to the long-term development plan of the country.
During his inspection of nine companies in Fuzhou, Quanzhou, and Xiamen, all in Fujian, Wen stressed that creativity was at the core of the development of the economic zone on the western side of the strait.
China View reported the new economic zone faces Taiwan Island across the strait, and neighbors the Pearl River Delta and the Yangtze River Delta, two economic powerhouses on the mainland.
Besides Fujian, the zone also covers parts of the neighboring provinces of Jiangxi and Guangdong.
The zone would become a frontier platform to boost industrial and cultural exchanges across the strait, according to the plan.
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