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Now in its second year, the strait forum features activities including leisurely chats, galas, and religious worship. Actually many of the Taiwan attendants this year weren't officials and most came from central or southern Taiwan. They hope that the forum will deepen cross strait exchanges, and that the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, or ECFA, will bring more benefits to people across the strait.
Headed by Kao Chin Su-mei, young people from Taiwan aboriginal tribes give a sense of the upbeat atmosphere at the strait forum.
Kao Chin Su-Mei, Taiwan Abiriginal artist, said, "In Taiwan many people speak Minnan dialect. Here in the Mainland we can hear people speak the same dialect, so we feel that we are from one family."
|Now in its second year, the strait forum features activities including leisurely|
chats, galas, and religious worship.
Nearly 1,000 attendants from various fields are from Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan and 90% of them have never been to the mainland. The forum is a platform for them to learn more about the mainland.
Hou Tsai-Feng, Taiwan representative, said, "The Strait Forum offers more opportunities to improve understanding between people across the strait."