Taiwan China Times: Over the past 4 years, the two sides of the Taiwan Straits have achieved three direct links and direct air flights. The business exchanges and people-to-people contacts across the Taiwan Straits have reached an unprecedented level. Some people in Taiwan say that the past 4 years have been the most stable and peaceful period in the development of the across-Straits relations over the past more than 60 years. We expect this good momentum to continue in the following four years. My question is: in your last year in office, how do you see the prospect of the cross-Straits business ties and cultural exchanges? Moreover, last June the painting of the Fuchun Mountain Scenery by Mr Huang Gongwang was put on display in Taipei Palace Museum. You once told the story about this painting. And when eventually the two pieces of the painting were put together on display in Taiwan, how did you fee? Many Taiwan journalists are very interested in learning: do you plan to visit Taiwan after you retire in March next year.
Wen: This is the tenth consecutive time for me to address the Taiwan question on this occasion and each time I do so, strong emotions would well up inside me. I am happy to see that last year the two sides of Taiwan Straits enhanced their exchanges and compatriots on the two sides of the Taiwan Straits have become closer to each other. The political, economic and cultural foundation for the 1992 consensus has been enhanced and the popular support for the 1992 consensus has been stronger. You asked me: in the last year in the term of office, what further steps will this government take to promote peaceful development of cross-Straits relations and in particular to enhance the business ties between the two sides. Well, I would like to say that we will accelerate the follow-up negotiations of ECFA. In expanding the business ties between the two sides, we will pay particular attention to accommodating the interests of small and medium enterprises in Taiwan, the industries of local characteristics in Taiwan and the grassroots people in Taiwan, particularly those in central and southern Taiwan. At the same time, we will promote the cross-Straits financial cooperation. We have the plan to put in place the bank clearing system. And we will encourage banks of the two sides to acquire stake in each other so that banks can play their due roles in boosting economic cooperation and trade between the two sides. We will pay particularly high attention to the development of Taiwan-invested enterprises on the mainland. We will create favorable conditions to help them achieve upgrading and expand the domestic market.
注：ECFA ，Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement 两岸经济合作框架协议；中小企业 small and medium(-sized) enterprises也常缩写为SMEs。
In 2009, I told the story about the painting of Fuchun Mountain. I believe that with utmost sincerity no difficulty is insurmountable. I'm encouraged to learn that the two pieces of this painting which have been apart from each other for so long were finally put on display as one piece in Taipei. This shows that the Chinese culture has strong cohesiveness and inspiration. I wish that I could have been able to go and see for myself. I cannot help but ask: why can’t the nourishment of our common cultural bond that has stretched several thousand years resolve the political grudges between the two sides that have lasted just several decades?It is my sincere hope that the two sides will work together to promote people-to-people and cultural contacts.
You asked me if I would like to take a tour to Taiwan after retirement. Honestly, I would really love to do it if the conditions permit. I would like to ask you to convey my greetings to the compatriots in Taiwan. At this moment, I cannot help but recall a poem written by a poet from central Taiwan by the name Lin Chaosong. He wrote the poem shortly after Taiwan was ceded. The poem reads “there is no way to heal the wound in my heart, but there will be a day when the half moon becomes full again”. I truly believe that with joint efforts, all compatriots of the Chinese nation will achieve the reunification and revitalization of the country. And that is something all Chinese can take pride in.