BEIJING, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Sixty local governments in 22 provincial-level regions on the Chinese mainland have taken tailored measures to implement preferential policies for Taiwan compatriots, a spokesperson said Wednesday.
These measures have yielded positive outcomes in expanding cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation, delivering tangible benefits to Taiwan compatriots who develop careers on the mainland, said Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, at a press conference.
The 31 measures, unveiled by the office and the National Development and Reform Commission in February, cover fields of industry, finance and taxation, land use, employment, education and health care, and are aimed at sharing the opportunities of the mainland's development with Taiwan compatriots.
Ma noted that more than 1,000 Taiwan-funded companies have been offered tax incentives by the mainland, over 100 Taiwan enterprises have received financial support for industrial transformation and upgrading, green manufacturing and intelligent manufacturing, and around 800 Taiwan residents have passed the mainland's vocational qualification exams over the past year.
A growing number of young people from Taiwan pursued studies, internships, and jobs on the mainland in 2018, the spokesperson said.
Five new cross-Strait exchange bases were approved to increase communication between people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, including the Beijing-based Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, said Ma.