378,000 cross-Strait marriages registered in China
2018-01-18 13:42:00

The ups and downs of cross-Strait relations don’t seem to hinder people separated by the Taiwan Strait from tying the knot. As more channels of communication and exchange are being opened, more cross-Strait marriages are being registered.

Back in the 1990s, it was rather difficult for Chen Jingqiu to marry a mainlander because Taiwan and the Chinese mainland were nearly on the brink of war. Chen said it was equivalent to the situation on the Korean Peninsula nowadays. But now things are looking up.

Living in a villa in Fuzhou, southeast China's Fujian Province and running their own bakery, their life is quite desirable. But it was not like this when she first met Wang Chuncheng, a businessman,who is now her husband.

Chen Jingqiu came to the Chinese mainland in the 1990s. /CGTN Photo

“TheChinese mainland was backward. The roads weren't cement-paved, and I could feel the bumpy roads even if I was in a car,” said Chen Jingqiu.

“At the time, Taiwan’s economy was much better than the mainland’s, because the mainland was not opened to Taiwan yet. Economy-wise, there was a big gap,” said Wang Chuncheng, a local businessman.

Politics was not taboo in their marriage, but they would never let it creep into their lives.

“We were not really worried about the cross-Strait politics. As long as people’s lives are getting better, I’m totally fine,” added Wang.

Another couple was very much like this one. Chen Yiting, an investor from Taiwan, married Zheng Ruying back in the 1990s as well.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram