A delegation of the All-China Federation of Taiwan Compatriots, one of the 34 participating groups of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), went on a research tour to South China's Hainan province from November 25 to 30 as part of efforts to explore ways for better coordinated development between the mainland and Taiwan.
During the visit to various locations in the province such as Haikou city, Chengmai county, Qionghai city, Baoting Li and Miao autonomous county and Sanya city, the delegation held meetings with local officials responsible for handling Taiwan-related affairs as well as representatives of Taiwan-funded businesses and residents of Taiwan working and living in these areas. The group also visited Taiwan-invested companies and start-up hubs that have a high concentration of young people from Taiwan.
The delegation reviewed the implementation of the mainland's measures to further promote economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation across the Taiwan Straits, listened to opinions from various sectors, and identified problems that need to be addressed.
A common view of the delegation led by Yang Yizhou, vice president of the federation, was that Hainan has made thoughtful, innovative efforts to implement policies and measures to advance integrated development across the Straits and improve the wellbeing of Taiwan compatriots.
Yang said high-quality proposals can only come from solid research into the lives of Taiwan compatriots, sharing of their concerns, and full consideration of China's development.
It's worth mentioning that at the First Session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee in March 2018, the federation proposed to eliminate the requirement for citizens from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan to acquire a permit to work in the mainland. The proposal won attention from the State Council, which in August of the same year announced a policy change in accordance with the proposal. This was seen as a milestone in the mainland's efforts to provide Taiwan compatriots with treatment equal to that of their mainland compatriots. The proposal was recognized as one of the 100 most influential proposals made over the 70 years since the founding of the CPPCC in 1949.
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