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Chinese mainland to help Taiwan businesses develop: spokeswoman


The Chinese government would introduce more favorable policies to help Taiwan-funded enterprises continue to develop on the mainland, a mainland spokeswoman said here Saturday.

Commenting on a string of suicides at Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group's Shenzhen plant, Fan Liqing, spokeswoman of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, told a press conference that "authorities had made some progress in handling the issue," but did not elaborate.

"Labor disputes at some Taiwan-funded enterprises on the Chinese mainland have been properly handled by local governments," she said.

Fan said Taiwan business people had contributed to the mainland's economic development by investing over the past two decades, and that they had been adjusting their corporate development strategies in accordance with the mainland's economic growth transformation.

"We will continue to study and introduce policies and measures in favor of Taiwan-funded enterprises to help them grow on the Chinese mainland, to join them in seizing opportunities and dealing with challenges," she said.

Ten Foxconn employees on the Chinese mainland fell to their deaths so far this year. Another two were injured when attempting suicide by jumping off factory buildings.

Foxconn is part of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. and makes computers, game consoles and mobile phones for companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Sony and Nokia.

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