Wang Daohan, chairman of the Association of
Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (Arats), said on July 7
in Shanghai that Chinese mainland and Taiwan have
every reason to open direct shipping, postal and business
services, the so-called "three direct links".
While meeting a business promotion delegation
from Taiwan, Wang expressed his willingness to visit Taiwan
and hold talks with top leaders of Taiwan, including Chen
Wang said that the mainland's
preparations for launching the "three direct
links" -- direct exchanges of mail, business, air and
shipping services -- are completed, and the mainland is
The chairman also quoted Vice-Premier
Qian Qichen as saying the two parties across the Straits
need not to "touch upon the political meaning of `One
China' in order to launch the "three direct
Wang said that Taiwan authorities
should grasp the good chance, as the new mainland
considerations will boost the interests of Taiwan.
Qian made the remarks during meetings in
Beijing last Friday with a group of Taiwan businessmen who
are in favour of direct cross-Straits links. The group is
led by Hsu Xinliang, a noted political figure in Taiwan, who
is also the former Chairman of Taiwan's ruling Democratic
Progressive Party (DPP).
Qian told the
delegation that the mainland has made preparations for the
"direct links" in the past few years, adding the
links can go ahead as long as the Taiwan authorities allow
non-governmental business organizations to get involved in
negotiations with their counterparts in the mainland.
The deputy premier emphasized the issue of
"the three links" as purely an economic one,
arguing that is should not be affected and disrupted by
In late 1940s as a result of
China's civil war, the mail, air, shipping and all business
exchanges between the mainland and Taiwan were cut.