XIAMEN, June 14 (Xinhua) -- A record number of more than 10,000 people from Taiwan will attend the 11th Straits Forum in Fujian Province starting Saturday, the forum's organizer said Friday at a press conference in Xiamen.
The Straits Forum is the largest annual event across the Taiwan Strait highlighting people-to-people exchanges.
Co-sponsored by 83 units and organizations across the strait, this year's event will be unveiled in Xiamen on Saturday. It consists of 67 activities featuring exchanges among grassroots and young people.
Some 40 percent of participants have never attended the forum before and young people make up half of the participants, according to the organizer.
The forum will explore new ways of integrating development across the strait, said Zhong Zhigang, vice director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of Fujian, at the press conference.
Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, will attend the forum.
Tseng Yung-chuan, vice chairman of the Chinese Kuomintang party, and representatives of Taiwan-based political parties including the People First Party and the New Party will also attend the forum.