President Chen Shui-bian (
"I would like to take this opportunity to urge the Chinese government to make efforts to advance the normalization of bilateral ties with sincerity and wisdom," Chen said.
Taiwan's government would continue to adhere to the principle of "stand firm on its position and march forward with practicality" and "active management, effective opening," he said.
Chen made the remarks at a Lunar New Year get-together for Taiwanese businesspeople based in China that was organized by the Straits Exchange Foundation.
Chen said the government would push bilateral trade exchanges step by step -- as long as national security and national interest were upheld -- and continue to commit itself to security, stability and prosperity in the Taiwan Strait and the Asia-Pacific region.
Taipei and Beijing first agreed on a charter flight service for the Lunar New Year in January 2005, and flights have been offered for subsequent holidays.
Beijing, however, since January last year Beijing has delayed the negotiations for Chinese tourists visiting Taiwan, passenger charter flight and cargo charter flight services, Chen said.
Given the sharply rising costs of labor, land and energy in China, Taiwanese businesspeople in China should diversify their investments, he said, adding that now was a good time for them to think about returning home to invest.
China's new labor law is expected to increase labor costs by 20 percent to 40 percent, Chen said. In order to keep their competitive edge, Taiwanese business sector based in China must upgrade their businesses or transform themselves, he said.
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairman Chen Ming-tong (
In a bid to encourage domestic businesses to lease land in local industrial parks, Premier Chang Chun-hsiung (
The Cabinet had approved other measures to lure Taiwanese companies to invest at home, he said.
Steven Tsai (蔡來居), a businessman based in Dongguan, China, said he has decided to move back with his family. China's dramatic policy changes and his age were the main reasons for his decision, he said.
Yeh Fei-cheng (
He opened the Zhuhai factory about five years ago mainly because of cheaper labor, he said, though recent Chinese policy changes have hiked his operational costs by 20 percent to 30 percent.
He said he would like to see the government do more to help China-based Taiwanese businesspeople.
"I never got any help from the government," he said. "How do you expect a child to ask help from his parents when they fight all the time?"
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