TAIPEI, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Chen Yunlin, the top negotiator of the Chinese mainland on cross-Strait affairs, arrived in Taipei on Monday, kicking off a 10-day visit to Taiwan designed to expand cultural cooperation between the two sides.
Chen, president of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), held a meeting with Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) in the Grand Hotel of Taipei.
Chiang said that cultural and creative industries are an important part of the overall economic development plans both in Taiwan and the mainland, and the two sides not only share Chinese culture but also the common goal of developing cultural and creative industries.
He expressed the hope that Chen's visit will expand cross-Strait cultural exchanges and help develop the cultural and creative industries of the two sides, which will bring the people closer and contribute to peace and development across the Taiwan Strait.
Chen, for his part, said that cultural and creative industries have great potential for development, especially when the world economy faces severe challenges.
These industries in the mainland and Taiwan have complementary competitive advantages and the two sides can achieve a win-win situation through cooperation, he added.
According to the ARATS president, his delegation is made up of two groups. One, consisting of policy-makers, academics and experts, will try to identify potential areas for cross-Strait cooperation in creative and cultural industries and review the policies that currently govern such activities.
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