The plan is aimed to boost development in a region led by Fujian Province and promote cooperation between the region and Taiwan.
Such a plan for the zone was ‘more forceful measures’ that need to be taken under the new circumstance of positive changes in cross-Straits relations, according to the meeting presided by Premier Wen Jiabao.
The blueprint of an economic zone on the western side of the Taiwan Straits was included into the country’s 11th five-year plan (2006-2010) in 2006.
The new economic zone faces the Taiwan Island across the Straits, and neighbors the Pearl River Delta and the Yangtze River Delta, two economic powerhouses on the mainland.
Wang Kaiming, a researcher with the development research center under the Fujian Provincial Government, said the special location of the zone gave it an important role in country’s efforts to bolster regional development.
The zone would become a frontier platform to boost industrial and cultural exchanges across the Straits.
Li Fei, vice director with the Taiwan research center of the Xiamen University, said the move showed the sincerity of the motherland to Taiwan, and it would create more opportunities of trade and investment for Taiwan enterprises.
China View reported the news about the zone which is part of the country’s regional development strategy for coastal China.