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Cross-strait trade volume reaches record 147 bln USD in 2011

BEIJING, Jan. 18 ( Xinhua) -- Economic exchanges and cooperation between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan saw progress in 2011, the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office said on Wednesday.

Cross-strait trade volume in the first 11 months of 2011 reached a record high of 147 billion U.S. dollars, according to a statement issued by the office.

By the end of 2011, the mainland had invested a total of 220 million U.S. dollars in Taiwan, establishing 47 new business projects worth 68.19 million U.S. dollars in 2011.

From January to November 2011, the mainland approved 2,376 Taiwan-funded business projects and put 1.95 billion U.S. dollars in Taiwanese investment into use, it said.

By the end of 2011, 41 cities on the Chinese mainland and nine cities in Taiwan had implemented cross-strait direct flights, including 558 passenger flights and 56 cargo flights every week.

The Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) signed by the two sides in June 2010 has been effectively implemented, bringing multiple benefits to Taiwan's enterprises and people, the office said.

In 2011, Chinese mainland authorities allowed five Taiwanese commercial banks to set up branches on the mainland and approved three Taiwanese companies to be listed on the mainland's stock market. The mainland also allowed six Taiwanese financial organizations to invest in the mainland's capital market.