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Mainland urges Taiwan to lift agricultural restrictions

    BEIJING, April 14 -- In a speech at a Taiwan fruit exhibition in Beijing, He Shizhong, director of Economic Affairs Department with Taiwan Affairs Office conveyed his hope for the sale of fruit from Taiwan on the Chinese mainland. 

    "We hope Taiwan authorities will lift the unnecessary restrictions imposed on agricultural cooperation across the Strait to push forward a common development of the agriculture on both sides," Chen said.

    Twelve kinds of Taiwan-grown fruit are expected to become tax exempt and be sold in Beijing and Shanghai.

    The Chinese mainland will simplify quarantine, transport and distribution procedures to make it easier for Taiwan farmers to sell fruit on the mainland.

    Thanks to the favorable climate, Taiwan produces a large amount of tropical fruit including mangoes, papayas, and coconut.

    Since the 1980s, the Chinese mainland and Taiwan have launched various forms of agricultural cooperation.

    At present, nearly 5,000 Taiwan-based agricultural enterprises have invested about four billion US dollars in the mainland.


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