BEIJING: The Chinese mainland will continue to promote the implementation of the 31 preferential policies for Taiwan, An Fengshan, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said at a press conference today.
The 31 preferential policies, introduced by the Chinese mainland during the Fifth Straits Forum in southeast China’s Xiamen in 2013, cover the fields of legal rights, education, culture, and tourism, and are aimed at improving the lives of all Taiwanese people, Xinhua news agency reported.
Shanghai Credit Information Services and China Credit Information Service have established a platform where financial institutions on the mainland can search for credit information of enterprises and individuals in Taiwan, allowing Taiwanese enterprises and individuals to obtain finance on the mainland, An said.
East China’s Jiangsu Province has been actively supporting applications from Taiwan-funded enterprises for provincial technological projects or to be listed as high-tech enterprises.
So far, nearly 700 Taiwan-funded high-tech enterprises in Jiangsu enjoy a preferential corporate income tax of 15 percent. Two Taiwan-funded enterprises received a total of 9.5 million yuan (1.5 million U.S. dollars) of funding to commercialize research findings, An said.
By April 20, 27 higher learning institutions in central China’s Hubei Province had provided a total of 582 teaching jobs for Taiwanese.
In terms of youth entrepreneurship, the 53 cross-Strait entrepreneurship bases and pilot sites nationwide had served nearly 1,900 Taiwan-funded enterprises and teams, and provided internships and jobs for nearly 9,000 Taiwanese youth as of the end of 2017, according to An.
Recently the Taiwan Affairs Office set up 22 new such entrepreneurship bases and pilot sites in 15 provincial-level regions, including Tianjin and Shanghai. This brought the total number of the bases and sites to 75 nationwide.
Taiwanese people will also be able to take part in professional and technical qualification examinations and work on the mainland.
Some Chinese believe that it is unnecessary to offer preferential policies to Taiwanese people, as mainland China’s enthusiasm would not be entertained.
Land Grabbing: Mansha Khokhar arrested!
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Secretariat Police today arrested an absconding suspect Mansha Khokhar alias Mansha Bomb from premises of Supreme Court as he was wanted in land grabbing cases.
According to the source, he came to the court and wanted to surrender himself before the court. He also demanded to meet Chief Justice, the source said adding that Mansha and his sons are accused of illegally grabbing land in Lahore’s Johar Town area.
It is to mention that Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar had ordered immediate arrest of the alleged land grabber last month, however, he was absconding since then.
The source said that he had been shifted to Secretariat Police Station by its SHO and further legal proceedings will be initiated against them. He may be handed over to Punjab police, the source maintained.
Missing writer: Pakistan welcomes Saudi-Turkish probe!
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office has welcomed Saudi and Turkish efforts to jointly look into the matter of disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.
Talking to media here today the FO spokesman said Pakistan hoped that the two brotherly countries would be able to jointly address the matter.
He underscored Pakistan’s close and fraternal relationship with both Turkey and Saudi Arabia. A spokesperson said the investigation is ongoing and it would, therefore, be appropriate to await the outcome.
By-Polls: PPPP’s Syed Ahmed Raza Shah Jilani wins PS-30
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians’ (PPPP) candidate Syed Ahmed Raza Shah Jilani has won the Sindh Assembly Constituency PS-30, Khairpur-V by-election by securing 32,233 votes.
According to unofficial results issued by Returning Officer on Sunday, Syed Moharram Ali Shah of Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) finished second by obtaining 20,733 votes.