A symposium aiming to promote cooperation in agriculture, fisheries and water resources between the Chinese Mainland and Taiwan has been held in the city of Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. This is yet another major step forward in reconiclation between the China Mainland and Taiwan.
Senior Chinese Communist Party official Jia Qinglin, seen in our illustration, Taiwan-based People First Party chairman James Soong, and Taiwan-based New Party chairman Yok Mu-Ming attended the meeting.
The symposium is intended to further cross-strait exchanges and cooperation on agriculture, fishery and water resources. It will also promote cross-strait relations and peaceful development.
So far, 24 cross-strait agricultural cooperative and experimental zones, and Taiwan farming innovation parks have been established in both Fujian and Hainan Provinces.
Meanwhile, sales of Taiwanese agricultural produce on the Mainland continues to grow, indicating greater bilateral cooperation.
CCTV.com reported that James Soong, chairman of Taiwan’s People 1st Party, said, "The agenda of this symposium focuses on four aspects: cross-strait natural disaster prevention and rebuilding, agro-technology and industry cooperation, fishery cooperation as well as the prospect of water resources cooperation. We also hope this symposium will proposes useful suggestions and plans for the development of Taiwan’s agriculture, fishery and water resources."