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Ex-KMT chairman sees potential for deals with Guangxi

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

There is strong potential for Taiwan and China’s Guangxi region to cooperate, former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) said yesterday.

“The conclusion of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement [ECFA] is expected to attract greater Taiwanese investment to Guangxi, the prime gateway to China’s northwestern and southwestern regions, and particularly to the ASEAN members,” Wu said during a meeting with Guo Shengkun (郭聲琨), Chinese Communist Party committee secretary of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Guo arrived in Taipei yesterday at the head of a delegation of more than 1,000 people.

Describing Guangxi as one of the first Chinese regions to benefit from the ECFA, Guo said he wanted to be among the first to grab the chance to collaborate on a wide range of fronts. With the implementation of the ASEAN Plus One (China) pact, Guangxi’s proximity to ASEAN nations has underscored its importance as a strategic springboard for other Chinese provinces, he said.

As of the end of last year, Taiwan had invested US$4.96 billion in the region, with US$2.76 billion realized, Guo said.

Shen Ming (沈明), deputy chief of Guangxi’s Publicity Department, said Guangxi and Nantou County officials would discuss a project worth more than 100 million yuan (US$14.74 million).

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