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Foundation to host amity meeting of businesspeople

CNA , TAIPEI

The Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) will host an amity meeting of China-based Taiwanese businesspeople on June 1 as part of Dragon Boat Festival festivities, SEF Secretary-General You Ying-lung said yesterday.

More than 200 representatives, including executives of major Taiwanese trade associations in China, Taiwanese businesspeople and economic and financial advisers, will attend a gathering to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on May 31.

Premier Su Tseng-chang, Vice Premier Tsai Ing-wen, Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Joseph Wu and SEF Chairman Chang Chun-hsiung will take part in the meeting to explain the government's policies on cross-strait ties and economic development and exchange views with businesspeople on a host of topics, You said.

Senior officials from other government agencies such as the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, will also attend the colloquium to listen to the opinions of businesspeople on cross-strait trade issues, You said.

Taiwanese businessesin China were very enthusiastic about the upcoming meeting, with this year's number of participants topping last year's, he said.

He added that the SEF was organizing a series of social events to ensure the gathering was a success.

The SEF, a semi-official body authorized to deal with the nation's exchanges with China in the absence of official ties, often organizes gatherings of senior executives from chambers of commerce for three major festivals -- Lunar New Year, the Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival.

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