* The primary focus will remain on economics, though non-economic considerations will assume greater importance in future cross-Strait negotiations.
* With ECFA taking effect on January 1, 2011, most expect a busy year--at least more capital and personnel exchanges between China and Taiwan--in cross-Strait economic ties. It is also important that the trade pact delivers the expected boost to the economies of both China and Taiwan.
* Among the industries where cross-Strait cooperation is more likely, semiconductor, petrochemical, automobile (including electric), and renewable energy (particularly solar) remain atop the list.
* Negotiations will soon resume between tourism officials from both sides over individual travels (including mainland tourists) to the island, instead of the current requirement of five people in a group. Tourism-related industries--hotels, restaurants, and retail--stand to benefit the most when it is expected to take effect in Q I next year.
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