Taiwan’s government on Thursday rejected a plan by China to boost economic integration as a cash grab to boost the country’s “deteriorating” business environment and futile bid to win Taiwanese hearts and minds to support the Communist Party.
China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, on Tuesday unveiled steps to turn coastal Fujian province which sits opposite Taiwan into a zone for integrated development.
China will take a number of “special” policy measures to improve access for Taiwanese enterprises to Fujian province across the Taiwan Strait, the Chinese state planner said on Thursday.
China will deepen integrated development of the Chinese city of Xiamen and Taiwan-controlled Kinmen Islands, including the acceleration of gas, electricity and transportation links between the two, said Cong Liang, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission.
But Taiwan’s China-policy making Mainland Affairs Council said this “unilateral” plan was just another attempt to win over Taiwanese people which would not work.