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The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council held a regular press conference on the morning of December 16. Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, answered reporters’ questions on recent hot topics.A reporter asked: Recently the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have separately announced trade data for the first 11 months of this year. According to Taiwan’s statistics, the total trade volume between Taiwan and the mainland (including Hong Kong) from January to November this year was US$195.15 billion, an increase of 12.9% over the same period last year, with US$136.74 billion accounting for 43.8% of total exports. Regarding this data, the Mainland Affairs Commission stated that, as far as the growth is concerned, the mainland needs and relies on imports from Taiwan. What is the spokesperson’s comment on this?

Zhu Fenglian: Regarding the question you mentioned, I want to emphasize three points.

First, the numbers speak. According to statistics from the General Administration of Customs, the total import and export trade between the two sides of the Strait from January to November this year was US$235.69 billion, accounting for 5.4% of the mainland’s import and export trade volume. Of that, mainland imports from Taiwan were US$181.71 billion, accounting for 9.8% of the total mainland imports during the same period. Taiwan’s trade surplus from the mainland is US$127.73 billion. You mentioned Taiwan’s statistics just now, and we have also seen this figure. Let’s compare two numbers, the mainland and the Taiwan ones. The mainland imported 181.71 billion U.S. dollars from Taiwan, accounting for 9.8%. According to statistics from Taiwan, exports to the mainland accounted for 43.8% of total exports. Who depends on whom? It should be clear from this picture. It is a fact that the mainland is Taiwan’s largest export market and source of the largest trade surplus. Without the mainland, Taiwan’s foreign trade would have a huge trade deficit and it would be difficult for the economy to maintain positive growth this year. This is the first point.

Secondly, Taiwanese businessmen and enterprises on the mainland actively participate in cross-strait economic and trade exchanges and cooperation, benefit Taiwan compatriots in cross-strait integration and development and make an indelible contribution to the maintenance of Taiwan’s economic growth.

Third, cross-strait economic and trade exchanges and cooperation conform to the common interests of compatriots on both sides of the Strait and benefit the vast number of compatriots in Taiwan.

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