Premier Li: Mainland to roll out more measures to promote cross-Strait cooperation
Updated 13:29, 15-Mar-2019

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the mainland will roll out more measures to promote cross-Strait ties and ensure the equal treatment of Taiwan businessmen and residents working and living in the mainland, while reiterating that the mainland firmly opposes Taiwan independence.

The mainland rolled out 31 measures last year to ensure the equal treatment of Taiwan residents when it comes to work, study and education with mainland residents, Li said, adding that it will roll out more profitable policies in the future.

Li made the comments at a press conference Friday after the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, concluded its annual session.

When answering a question raised by a Taiwan media organization, Li stressed that Chinese President Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has articulated the mainland's Taiwan principle and policies clearly in his speech commemorating the 40th anniversary of issuing the Message to Compatriots in Taiwan in January. The mainland will continue to adhere to the one-China principle and the 1992 Consensus and firmly oppose Taiwan independence.

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Li noted that only by adhering to the one-China principle and the 1992 Consensus, both sides cross the Strait are able to promote peaceful growth and the peaceful reunification of the motherland.

In August, the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council released 31 measures including 12 on equal treatment for Taiwanese enterprises, and 19 on offering Taiwanese compatriots equality with mainland compatriots in education, setting up businesses, and working and living on the mainland.