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Chinese mainland retrieves 158 mln USD for Taiwanese in 2011

BEIJING, Jan.19 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese mainland has helped retrieve more than 1 billion yuan (158 million U.S. dollars) in economic losses for Taiwanese in 2011 by solving major and pending cases, the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office said in a statement Thursday.

In 2011, the mainland handled 3,413 cases related to Taiwanese and concluded 93.1 percent of them, said the office.

The mainland is Taiwan's largest trading partner and a major source of trade surplus.

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.