l The 2013 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) was held during April 6-8 in Hainan Province, China, with over 2,000 top political and business leaders attending. Since he is now out of government, Taiwan’s former Vice President Vincent Siew--as the honorary chairman of the Cross-Strait Common Market Foundation--led a delegation to this annual conference on regional economic and strategic affairs, as he had always done before becoming the vice president in May 2008.
l Siew also held a separate meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines, during which he proposed that China and Taiwan should “strengthen their cooperation to jointly face new challenges in the global economy.” Xi, on the other hand, reiterated that as long as “China and Taiwan are one family,” Beijing would look after Taiwan’s interests and opportunities, including the possibility of joining regional economic and trade organizations.
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