Senior Communist Party of China (CPC) leader Wang Yang Friday called for more efforts to promote peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and achieve national reunification.

Wang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and vice premier, made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the 10th national congress of Taiwan compatriots.

The opening was presided over by Wang Yifu, president of the All-China Federation of Taiwan Compatriots (ACFTC).

Wang Yang reviewed achievements made during the last five years and stressed new tasks given by the 19th CPC National Congress.

“Peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Strait and the reunification of China is the shared dream and fundamental interest of all Chinese people,” Wang said.

Wang called on ACFTC and its local branches to study and implement the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress, adhere to peaceful development of cross-Strait ties, promote people-to-people exchanges, and strengthen its own capacity to accomplish its mission of winning over the support of Taiwan people.

He called on Party committees and governments at all levels to exercise leadership and give greater support to the work of ACFTC.

The four-day congress is attended by over 300 representatives of Taiwan compatriots from across the country. It will review the report of the ninth ACFTC council and elect a new ACFTC council.

Established in December 1981, the ACFTC consists mainly of native Taiwanese residing on the Chinese mainland.