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Meeting on China's peaceful reunification opens in Hong Kong

09-21-2010 17:28 BJT

HONG KONG, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Overseas Chinese World Conference for Promoting Peaceful Reunification of China opened here Tuesday afternoon.

The meeting, held for the first time in Hong Kong, gathers over 1,500 delegates from 60 countries and regions, with about 600 of them coming from Taiwan.

China's top political advisor Jia Qinglin sent a congratulatory letter to the meeting, saying he is glad to know Hong Kong hosts the meeting.

Jia, who also serves as the chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification, said in his letter that for a long time, the compatriots in Hong Kong, Macao and overseas Chinese have been showing great concern for the cause of national reunification and have been an important force in anti-secession and reunification efforts.

Jia expressed the hope that the meeting could get more overseas Chinese involved for the reunification cause and help foster stronger ties with the Taiwan compatriots so as to promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and achieve national reunification.

Du Qinglin, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's
Political Consultative Conference, addresses the Overseas Chinese World Conference
for Promoting Peaceful Reunification of China in Hong Kong, south China, Sept. 21,
2010. The conference kicked off here Tuesday.(Xinhua/Huang Xiaoyong)

The meeting, firstly held in Berlin, Germany in 2000, had been convened in many cities including Tokyo, Sydney, Moscow, Vienna, Bucharest, Macao and Los Angles before it came to Hong Kong.

At the opening ceremony, senior Chinese official Du Qinglin lauded overseas Chinese and compatriots in Hong Kong and Macao for the important role they have been playing in safeguarding China's national sovereignty and dignity as well as in promoting peaceful development of cross-Strait ties.

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