Taiwan: Premier Urges China to Treat as a Friend
Premier Su Tseng-chang yesterday urged
The premier made the remarks to an audience of 300 China-based Taiwanese businesspeople last night at a get-together to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival.
The event was held at the Hong Shee Villa and hosted by the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF).
Among other officials taking part in the event were SEF Chairman Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄), SEF Secretary-General You Ying-lung (游盈隆), Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairman Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) and Minister of Economic Affairs Steve Chen (陳瑞隆).
Su said the government has expended considerable effort to help Taiwanese businesspeople operating in
Chang said that assisting Taiwanese businessmen to return to
"The SEF should not only be a platform for communicating cross-strait policy, but should also play a role in helping our businesses return," Chang said.
Chen announced that Su's government had approved NT$200 billion (US$6.04 billion) in government loans to assist Taiwanese companies to return to
Wu said he has talked to businesspeople and that the MAC will attempt to act on their requests, such as lowering fares for charter flights on holidays.
"But we also hope the Legislative Yuan will reinstate the MAC and SEF's budgets so that we can really start doing something for cross-strait relations," Wu added.